Five Improvisations for Piano by Mrs. H.H.A. Beach (Amy M. Beach)
This sheet music was dedicated by Amy Beach to Stanley R. Avery, the organist and choirmaster of St. Mark’s Church (now Cathedral) in Minneapolis.
Amy Marcy Cheney was a child prodigy that learned to play the piano at a young age and began composing soon afterward. She is regarded as the first American female composer of large scale classical music works. Beach was born in 1867 and married Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach in 1885 and adopted the professional name of Mrs. H.H.A. Beach.
There is a Stanley Avery Collection at Special Collections. Avery was born in Yonkers N.Y. in 1879. He came to Minneapolis in 1910 and was organist/choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church until 1950.
This sheet music was rediscovered during the Minneapolis Central sheet music cataloging project. The Minneapolis Central music department was created in 1919 and contained 5,000 items. The collection now has 119,178 items including 41,443 items of sheet music. The project has focused on creating modern catalog records for the Putnam sheet music collection. Hebert Putnam was an early head librarian at Minneapolis Public Library and created his own cataloging system that was later superseded by Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.