Damian Thompson Damian Thompson

Life’s a Beach

The composer's lifelong romantic style explains why demand for her music dried up, not, as some would like to think, prejudice

At the Wigmore Hall last Friday, the Takacs String Quartet and Garrick Ohlsson played a piano quintet that was once revered as a masterpiece but then fell out of fashion and wasn’t heard for decades. It’s by Amy Beach, a name which always makes me smile because it looks so incongruous underneath her photograph.

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