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date: 20 November 2019

Beach, John Parsonslocked

  • Elizabeth A. Wright

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(b Gloversville, NY, Oct 11, 1877; d Pasadena, CA, Nov 6, 1953).

American composer. A pupil of George Whitefield Chadwick, he studied piano at the New England Conservatory, Boston. In 1900 he obtained a position as a piano teacher at the Northwestern Conservatory, Minneapolis, and from 1904 to 1910 taught first in New Orleans and afterwards in Boston. He then went to Europe, where he studied with André Gédalge (composition) and Harold Bauer (piano) in Paris, and with Gian Francesco Malipiero in Venice. On returning to Boston he took further composition lessons with Charles Martin Loeffler. He finally settled in Pasadena. Beach’s opera Pippa’s Holiday (after Browning) was staged in Paris in 1915, and a ballet, Phantom Satyr, was performed in Asolo, Italy, in 1925; another ballet, Mardi Gras, was performed in New Orleans in 1926. His orchestral works include Asolani (performed in Minneapolis, 1926), New Orleans Street Cries...

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