New Hampshire Film Celebrates Pianist And Composer Amy Beach

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire filmmakers have explored the life of composer Amy Beach in a newly released documentary, highlighting her success story of the early 1900s as a widely recognized female pianist and composer.

Beach was a New Hampshire native who taught herself how to compose symphonies while performing with world-renowned orchestras, New Hampshire Public Radio reported.

John Grfoerer, the documentary maker, said that options for Beach were quite limited in the 1900s and that she might otherwise have gone on to appearing in more performances instead of composing.

Grfoerer said that even though she was denied the proper education to become a trained composer, she found a way to teach herself.

The film premiered on Friday on the Bank of New Hampshire stage.