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Amy Marcy Cheney (Mrs. H. H. A.) Beach

Pioneer of women's music

Born Amy Marcy Cheney
September 5, 1867, Henniker, New Hampshire
Died December 27, 1944
About Amy Beach

Better known for her piano compositions, Amy Beach, or "Mrs. H.H.A. Beach," as she commonly signed her compositions, was one of America's first successful woman composers of formal concert music. Her one opera, Cabildo, was not performed in her lifetime.

  • Cabildo, chamber opera in 1 act
    Libretto by Nan Bagby Stephens.
    composed 1932; premiere May 13, 1995, Lincoln Center, New York, New York, Ransom Wilson, cond. (professional premiere); 1947 ((amateur performance)); also 1981, University of Missouri-Kansas City; 1982, American Musicological Society; 1982, Sonneck Society

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Amy Beach at Amazon.com

Amy Beach


Great Performers at Lincoln Center

CD / Delos DE 3180 (1995)

Bibliography Search for books by and about Amy Beach at Amazon.com

Adrienne Fried Block

Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian

Oxford University Press 2000

Last update: January 1, 2009