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    Amy Beach - Two Pieces

    Here is another rarely heard American Pianist / Composer. Top link.

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    Re: Amy Beach - Two Pieces

    Bill, These two pieces are very nicely written and beautifully played. There are a few interesting harmonies for that era.
    It is extraordinary that this composer was once considered to be in the front ranks of American composers and maybe the pre-eminent female composer in America. I read up on some biographical info and learned that hers is the sole female name on the granite shell wall where the Boston Pops perform, joining the other 85 greats.
    I wonder what she might have done if her husband had let her out more?

    Thanks for sharing and bringing some more lesser known music to the listening room.
    Your web site and pages look great by the way, very well done! John

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    Bill

    Very nice web page!

    I must admit that I had never heard of Amy Beach before this and will now have to find some time to try to research some of her music.

    These both sound great, how exactly did you produce these?

    Well done

    Ron
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    Great job, Bill.

    These pieces are delightful and very reminiscent of the
    style of Chopin, especially the Fireflies piece. A great
    study in thirds.

    Good rendering. Any inside info on how you produced
    this?

    Jack
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    Amy Marcy Cheney (no relation, I hope) Beach is one of the many
    American composers we almost never hear of; doubly surprising in
    that the quality of her work is quite high (you can hear the Chopin
    in her writing clearly)... and, too, a woman; very rare for her times.

    As always with your work, Bill, these are beautifully executed.

    I've heard her Mass in Eb, by the way. As soon as the Garritan
    Choir is ready, right?

    My best,



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    Re: Amy Beach - Two Pieces

    Quote Originally Posted by bigears View Post
    Bill, These two pieces are very nicely written and beautifully played. There are a few interesting harmonies for that era.
    It is extraordinary that this composer was once considered to be in the front ranks of American composers and maybe the pre-eminent female composer in America. I read up on some biographical info and learned that hers is the sole female name on the granite shell wall where the Boston Pops perform, joining the other 85 greats.
    Amy Beach deserves to be on that wall.

    I wonder what she might have done if her husband had let her out more?
    Yeah, she lived in a different time when husbands were the "head of the household". It's been argued though, Dr Beach did us a favor by limiting her to one concert a year. Without a concert schedule to contend with, she had more time to write.

    Thanks for sharing and bringing some more lesser known music to the listening room.
    Your web site and pages look great by the way, very well done! John
    Thanks John. I've been wanting to spiff up my website for awhile now and finally got around to it, lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by rolifer View Post
    Bill

    Very nice web page!
    Thanks.

    I must admit that I had never heard of Amy Beach before this and will now have to find some time to try to research some of her music.
    I heard her for the first time about a year ago on the radio. I just had to research her music. BTW, IMSLP has a lot of her scores.

    These both sound great, how exactly did you produce these?
    On the Amy Beach page, there is link at the bottom called "Technical Information". It's all there.

    Well done

    Ron
    Thanks Ron.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhap2 View Post
    Great job, Bill.

    These pieces are delightful and very reminiscent of the style of Chopin, especially the Fireflies piece. A great study in thirds.
    Yes, Chopin does come to mind, lol.

    Good rendering. Any inside info on how you produced
    this?

    Jack
    Thanks Jack.
    For the info, see my response to Ron above.


    Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    Amy Marcy Cheney (no relation, I hope)
    LOL. That's the first thing that crossed my mind.
    Beach is one of the many American composers we almost never hear of; doubly surprising in that the quality of her work is quite high (you can hear the Chopin in her writing clearly)... and, too, a woman; very rare for her times.
    Yeah. We can add her to the list of women composers through the centuries who, against all odds, wrote great music. Fortunately women composers, including the ladies on this forum, are now free to pursue their dreams.

    As always with your work, Bill, these are beautifully executed.
    Thanks. I approached these as exercises. I learned a lot. Like how many tempo changes I can cram into a single bar, lol.

    I've heard her Mass in Eb, by the way. As soon as the Garritan
    Choir is ready, right?
    Gotta find the score, lol. IMSLP only has the piano reduction.

    My best,



    David
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    Best,


    Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by valhalx View Post
    Here is another rarely heard American Pianist / Composer. Top link.

    Bill
    Hi Bill,

    Impressive list you've got there!
    I'm listening to Bruckner's 3rd mov right now. Exactly 13:42 in your GPO input of the first mov, there's a strange detail in the orchestration that sounds strange in my ears. Honestly, your recording is quite neutral compared with Herbert von Karajan's, that I'm so used to listen to.

    Being an admirer of Anton Bruckner, I would have appreciated a movement from his ninth symphony, which I consider to be his absolute greatest masterpiece. He himself dedicated the last mov in his ninth to God.

    Anton Bruckner quote: "Zum lieber Gott"!



    Regards,


    Fred

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrik View Post
    Hi Bill,

    Impressive list you've got there!
    Thanks.

    I'm listening to Bruckner's 3rd mov right now. Exactly 13:42 in your GPO input of the first mov, there's a strange detail in the orchestration that sounds strange in my ears. Honestly, your recording is quite neutral compared with Herbert von Karajan's, that I'm so used to listen to.
    Yeah, I could have done a lot of things to make that one better but I did that two years ago when I was still getting a handle on GPO, lol.

    Being an admirer of Anton Bruckner, I would have appreciated a movement from his ninth symphony, which I consider to be his absolute greatest masterpiece.
    I agree with you there! The ninth is amazing. And just so you won't leave empty handed, here is a test I did of 15 bars from Bruckner's Ninth.

    He himself dedicated the last mov in his ninth to God.

    Anton Bruckner quote: "Zum lieber Gott"!



    Regards,


    Fred
    Bill
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    I listened to both compositions. The second influenced by one of Chopin etudes? For sure. But still both pieces were wonderful.

    Raymond

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