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DEDICATION COPY OF THE PRINTED SCORE FOR - Beach, Amy; [Mrs. H.H.A. Beach] - 1924. 
.. .. Good. DEDICATION COPY INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AMY BEACH, TOGETHER WITH THE INDIVIDUAL PARTS FOR CELLO AND VIOLIN EACH TITLED AND SIGNED IN INK BY THE COMPOSER - Quarto, 13-1/4 inches high by 10-3/4 inches wide. Printed self- wraps. What is offered here is Amy Beach's printed score for her song "Stella Viatoris. Words by Jessie Hague Nettleton. Music by Mrs. H.H.A. Beach. Op. 100, No. 2. For Soprano, Violin, Cello & Piano" reproduced from her holograph manuscript, inscribed and signed in ink in the composer's hand under the printed dedication to Mme Louise Llewellyn-Jarecka "with best wishes of Amy M. Beach". Together with an additional copy of the score, each with  & 7 pages plus 2 blank leaves. The covers are splitting along a large portion of the spines. The edges of the pages are darkened and there is some soiling and a few minor chips to the edges of the leaves. Together with printed scores for the 2 parts for cello and violin, each titled and signed in ink by the composer "Mrs. H.H.A. Beach" on the otherwise blank front cover sheets. Each of these parts consist of 2 pages of her score reproduced from her holograph manuscript. The pages of the violin part have separated and those of the cello part are torn along the fold. The pages are darkened along the edges and there are several tears to the edges. A unique item.
A child prodigy, Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944) was an American composer and pianist and the first successful American female composer of large-scale classical music. Born in New Hampshire, she was able to sing over 40 tunes by the age of one and could improvise countermelody by 2 years of age. Teaching herself to read, she was composing waltzes by the age of 4 and was performing public piano recitals, playing Handel, Beethoven, Chopin and her own compositions, by the age of seven. Moving to Boston in 1875, she studied piano with Ernst Perabo and Carl Baermann and later studied composition for a year with Junius W. Hill. Otherwise self-taught, she learned by studying great classical pieces. She made her professional piano debut in Boston in 1883 and soon after appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After her marriage to Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach in 1885, she agreed to limit her performances to one a year and devoted herself to composition. Her first real success came 1892 with the performance of her "Mass in E-flat major" by the Handel and Haydn Society which established her an one of America's foremost composers. She composed "Jubilate" for the dedication of the Woman's Building at the Columbian Exposition. After her husband's death, she toured Europe as a pianist to establish her reputation as a pianist and composer. Returning to American she spent time at the MacDowell Colony in Perterborough, NH and later became the composer-in-residence at New York City's St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. She died of a heart attack in 1944 and was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
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