Quick Facts

  • Child prodigy:
    • taught herself to read at age 3
    • composed her first piece at age 4
    • played with the Boston Symphony at the age of 18
  • During her marriage, she focused on composing.
  • After her husband’s death in 1910, she went back to performing as well as composing.
  • She was one of the first American composers to succeed without having trained in Europe.
  • Her “Gaelic” Symphony was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman.
  • She was one of the most renowned composers of her time.


  • Amy Beach poster (PDF)

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