From the American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)


This new CD (AMRC 0040) celebrates the music of five talented women composers from the 19th and 20th centuries.
It was compiled and edited by Roger Lee Hall, AMRC Album Producer.

They are examples of women who had the gift of composition and deserve to be better known.

The CD includes several Premiere Recordings.

Praise from a listener:

I’ve been pleased to hear the excerpts from Amy Beach’s “Mass in Eb.”The two Mass selections on “Five American Women Composers” are quite pretty and should be appreciated by more people.  Perhaps Amy’s anniversary year really will increase her audience in the USA. Her “Quintet in F# minor” also is interesting but I don’t like it as well.  The Parkhurst “Funeral March for President Lincoln” is appropriate for that time and occasion though less likely to be admired in our present time.  I was not familiar with either of the Davis songs and didn’t know her composition of “In the Bleak Midwinter” existed. I’ve always loved the traditional Christmas carol setting.  I like Ruth Crawford Seeger’s piano arrangements of the five folk songs.  Hadn’t heard them previously.  She had a productive life, as did others in that talented family. “Give Good Gifts One To Another” is a lovely song that deserves more notice.  No doubt you are helping it along. As usual, you have done an excellent job to enhance these old recordings.-- Jim Wagner


These are the composers on the CD (arranged as on the CD):



In celebration of the 150th anniversary of her birth

1 - Amy (Marcy Cheney) Beach (1867–1944)



2 - Susan McFarland (Mrs. E.A.Parkhurst) (1836-1918)



3 - Katherine Kennicott Davis (1892-1980)




4 - Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901–1953)


5- Sister Martha Jane Anderson (1844-1897) - composer of Shaker hymns and anthems

Three Shaker women composers shown in this picture (courtesy: Hamilton College Shaker Collection)
(left to right) Sister Martha Jane Anderson/ Sister Grace Bowers/ Eldress Anna White

See also the multi-media computer disc with Shaker music examples and concert videos-- click here




CD track titles and composers or arrangers - click the links for streaming examples:

1. Piano Quintet in F# minor (first movement,Op. 67, 1909) - Amy Marcy Cheney Beach
2. Piano Quintet in F# minor (second movement) - Amy M.C. Beach
3. Piano Quintet in F# minor (third movement) - Amy M.C. Beach
4. Let this mind be in you (1924) - Amy M.C. Beach
5. Grand Mass in Eb Major (1892) - Qui tollis - Amy M.C. Beach
6. Grand Mass in Eb - Quoniam tu solus - Amy M.C. Beach
7. +Funeral March for President Abraham Lincoln (1865) - Susan McFarland Parkhurst
8. +In the bleak midwinter (1933) - Katherine Kennicott Davis
9. +I sing of a maiden (1933) - Katherine K. Davis
10. Cindy (1936) - arr. Ruth Crawford Seeger
11. Turtle Dove (1936) - arr. Ruth Crawford Seeger
12. Frog Went A-Courtin' (1936) - arr. Ruth Crawford Seeger
13. Sweet Betsy From Pike (1936) - arr. Ruth Crawford Seeger
14. I Ride An Old Paint (1936) - arr. Ruth Crawford Seeger
15. +Give Good Gifts (1893) - Sister Martha Jane Anderson

+ = Premiere Recording

Nos. 1-6, 8-9 were recorded at the 199th Annual Concert of the Old Stoughton Musical Society
(America's oldest choral society)
, 24 November 1985 with these performers:

Old Stoughton String Quartet:
Anne Hooper, violin
Ann Christiansen, violin
Kim Mackin, viola
Jolene Kessl, cello

Vocal Soloists:
Linda Brookfield, soprano
David Benjamin, bass

Edward Baker Wood, piano
Richard Hill, organ


Old Stoughton Musical Society Chorus
Earl Eyrich, Conductor

Nos. 7, 10-14 performed by pianist, Margaret Ulmer,
recorded on the AMRC CD --

American Places - Musical Travels


No. 15 performed by The Sampler Chorus

AMRC 0040









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