With perfect pitch and fierce persistence, Amy Beach always knew she had to make music. There was just one BIG problem. Her mother believed it was not proper or suitable for a young lady to draw attention to herself, let alone take on a musical career. But give in or give up? Not Amy Beach. With the help of her supportive Aunt Franc, she demanded to play the piano. Demanded to have a real teacher. Demanded to perform.
Luckily — for the world! — Amy’s persistence paid off. At just sixteen years old, Amy Beach found herself on the stage of Boston’s Music Hall — and the start of a brilliant career. Discover the untold yet inspiring story of Amy Beach, musician extraordinaire and the first successful woman composer in America, who paved the way — perfectly!
"Jay creates energy and interest by displaying classical composers dancing through the sheet music as Amy practices and Mother Goose characters skipping through dynamic musical staves as the girl composes her own melodies for the nursery rhymes. Readers see multiple images of her beautifully poised hands as she plays at her Boston Music Hall debut, indicating the fullness of her sound. The narrative concludes with that performance at age 16, but extensive backmatter covers the rest of her life." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||5 - 9|
|Publication Date||Mar 21, 2023|