“Mrs. H.H.A. Beach” is 150!
She is vastly underrated, but she is one of my favorite composers. And it’s not easy to come up with a “favorite composer,” when they are so many worthy ones! But Beach is unique: she was American, she was a woman in a male-dominated field, and she composed many different and timeless works of music. As a singer, I, of course, have a preference for her vocal works. To me, they are lush, romantic (but not too schmalzy), and fun to sing. A few years ago, I recorded 10 of her voice and piano pieces. I included a few Arthur Foote pieces on the recording, as they were contemporaries and knew each other.
Please enjoy this wonderful article the New York Times recently published in honor of Ms. Beach. I sincerely hope her music continues to stand the test of time.
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