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Amy Beach: Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Kirsten Johnson

Album Summary

>Beach, Amy : Sketches (4) for piano, Op. 15
>Beach, Amy : Mamma's Waltz, for piano (juvenilia)
>Beach, Amy : Menuetto for piano (juvenilia)
>Beach, Amy : Romanza, for piano (juvenilia)
>Beach, Amy : Petite valse, for piano (juvenilia)
>Beach, Amy : Air and Variations for piano (juvenilia)
>Beach, Amy : Valse Caprice for piano, Op. 4
>Beach, Amy : Ballad for piano in D flat major, Op. 6
>Beach, Amy : Bal masque, for piano or orchestra, Op. 22
>Beach, Amy : Children's Carnival, for piano, Op. 25
>Beach, Amy : Morceaux caracteristiques (3) for piano, Op. 28
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Notes & Reviews:

Born in New Hampshire, Amy Beach was a natural musician, and very early began to compose songs and piano pieces. She had a blossoming career as a concert pianist but, after her marriage to the prominent physician H.H. A. Beach in 1885, she was encouraged to compose by both him and her family. She would write, in later life, that while she was made to switch to composing at the age of 18 she had always thought of herself as "a pianist first and foremost." This CD, performed by the American soloist Kirsten Johnson, is the first of a complete series that will encompass Beach’s solo piano works. This will, no doubt, advance our knowledge of this talented, pioneering female composer best known for her "Gaelic" Symphony from 1896.



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Works Details

>Beach, Amy : Sketches (4) for piano, Op. 15
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : Mamma's Waltz, for piano (juvenilia)
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1872

>Beach, Amy : Menuetto for piano (juvenilia)
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Beach, Amy : Romanza, for piano (juvenilia)
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Beach, Amy : Petite valse, for piano (juvenilia)
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1878

>Beach, Amy : Air and Variations for piano (juvenilia)
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Beach, Amy : Valse Caprice for piano, Op. 4
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Beach, Amy : Ballad for piano in D flat major, Op. 6
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : Bal masque, for piano or orchestra, Op. 22
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Beach, Amy : Children's Carnival, for piano, Op. 25
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Beach, Amy : Morceaux caractéristiques (3) for piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Kirsten Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's Bristol (04/24/2007-04/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic