Lived: 1867 –
Mostly in: Boston and New York
Best Known For: Gaelic Symphony, Piano Concerto, Variations on Balkan themes
Similar To: Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Wagner
Amy Beach was recognised in her lifetime as the leading American woman composer of her day. This could have been faint praise at a time when women were widely considered intellectually incapable of creating anything more ambitious than piano salon pieces and songs. But although she wrote her fair share of those, Beach won success and respect with large-scale works such as a Mass, a symphony and a piano concerto. All the same, her career...