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Beach’s Piano Quintet is absolutely lovely, so based on my knowledge of that work this looks like a great selection. As per my understanding, she stands alongside Ives as one of the first major American composers.
 

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I think it's true Knorf. I always appreciate your insights and wealth of knowledge.
This is a lovely work. There is a recurring motif that seems really familiar to me, but I can't place it. Can anyone help me out? I want to say a Shostakovich symphony, but that's probably not it.
I read up on her. Seems the melodies are indigenous, and she passed in 1944, so Shostakovich seems unlikely.
 

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Another who will be getting sand in his ears for the first time this week. We are on a run of works I either know/knew very little about or nothing whatsoever - isn't this thread great!
 

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Like Mr. Knorf, I've been away from this forum for a while (in my case, two major moves for my daughter plus finishing my latest), but I've been trying to keep up with the quartets. For this week, I realized how little I knew about Amy Beach and checked out her wiki entry. Toward the end of the biographical section, it says:

She was a member of Chapter R (New York City) of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Late in her life, she collaborated on the "Ballad of P.E.O." with the words written by Ruth Comfort Mitchell, Chapter BZ/California.​
P.E.O. is a longtime women's organization dedicated to helping other women reach their educational goals. I know this because my wife is President of Chapter BQ (Kingston, NY) and a regular voting attendee at the state and national conferences, where they always play the above-mentioned "Ballad of P.E.O." To learn that Ms. Beach wrote the music for this piece made the world seem a lot smaller today.

And happily, I found the piece quite effective and wished it were longer!

(I hope everyone here has been staying safe and well, by the way...)
 

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Beach has a few works that have impressed me over the last few years , after I had started exploring more of her work.
This is certainly one of them
I am listening to that Ambache Ensemble recording on Chandos Records (CHAN10162 ) , which I bought second hand a year or so ago...
 

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All nice recordings up to now (but one is standing out). Beach is a composer whose work, aside from this quartet, is a mystery to me but now I've reintroduced myself to this fine quartet I'm going to explore some more of her stuff. I like the 3 themes (that get progressively more interesting) a lot. I'll try the piano quintet later as it's well regarded, especially the Takacs recording which an acquaintance of mine informs me is the "dog's b*locks" (I have some classy friends). ;)
 
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