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By Amy C. Beal

Composer Johanna Beyer's interesting physique of track and enigmatic lifestyles tale represent a big bankruptcy in American track heritage. As a hard-working German émigré piano instructor and accompanist residing in and round long island urban in the course of the New Deal period, she composed abundant tune for piano, percussion ensemble, chamber teams, choir, band, and orchestra. A one-time scholar of Ruth Crawford, Charles Seeger, and Henry Cowell, Beyer used to be an ultramodernist, and an energetic member of a group that integrated now-better-known composers and musicians. just one of her works was once released and just one recorded in the course of her lifetime. yet modern musicians who play Beyer's compositions are intrigued through her originality.


Amy C. Beal chronicles Beyer's existence from her early participation in New York's modern track scene via her performances on the Federal tune Project's Composers' Forum-Laboratory concert events to her unlucky early dying in 1944. This e-book is a portrait of a passionate and artistic girl underestimated by way of her song neighborhood whilst she tirelessly utilized her presents with compositional rigor.


The first book-length research of the composer's existence and track, Johanna Beyer reclaims a uniquely cutting edge artist and physique of labor for a brand new generation.

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