American composer Amy Beach was so popular that her followers held ‘Beach Clubs’* to play and listen to her music!
Her Quartet for strings is lean and powerful, as well as being a great jump-off to the world of string quartets: a place fraught with danger for the players, where composers go to bare their souls.
Take a listen and join the Beach Club! (Listening time 21 mins: podcast 7′, music 13′)
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*This means I can milk the terrible Beach pun, cos it was used in her lifetime in the 1930s and 40s!