In the 1994 preface of Walter Jenkin’s Beach biography, published four years after Jenkin’s death, editor John H. Baron bemoaned the lack of a critical look at the expansive work of Amy Beach.

“No attempt has been made to analyze the compositions by Mrs. Beach or to evaluate her position in history of American or world music” (Jenkins xiv).

Indeed, information about Amy Beach was scanty, and it appeared she was more revered in her hometown of Boston than elsewhere – although Block and Jenkins had emphasized her musical worldliness. In Boston, Amy Beach’s name graces the hallowed memorial stones alongside other illustrious composers like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.continues on page 4

11) Boston’s Hatch Shell where Amy Beach’s name appears on the walls alongside many other honored great composers