Amy Beach was one of the first American composers to succeed without European training. Her "Gaelic" Symphony was the first symphony by an American woman.
In the early 20th century she was President of the Board of New England Conservatory, and founded "Beach Clubs" to teach children music. Listen to her Symphony in e-minor, "Gaelic."
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