From Symphonies to Suffrage: Music of Amy Beach's Boston
March 28, 2009
Virginia Eskin, piano, and Jayne West, soprano, in a concert to honor the Boston Women's Heritage Trail This concert offers a brilliant range of Beach's music, including her powerful Ballad for piano (1894) and the song she based it on, her setting of Robert Burns' "My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose." Ms. West performs songs by Beach and also Edward MacDowell and Cecile Chaminade, and Ms. Eskin offers selections from MacDowell's Woodland Sketches and Concert Etudes, and works by Florence Price, an African-American composer who studied at the New England Conservatory in the 1910s. The concert concludes with a set of songs from the Women's Suffrage Movement.