Amy Cheney Beach (1867-1944) was the first composer of a published American Symphony who also happened to be a woman. A child prodigy denied the benefit of European training, with a husband determined to control every aspect of her career, she nevertheless became a highly acclaimed concert pianist and composer. Her catalog includes works for piano solo, songs, choral music, chamber music, a piano concerto, a string quartet, and an opera.

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