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Evan Baker

Understanding of Music
11-29-16
Amy Beach
Article I
1. I found this article through JSTOR.
2. This article is analysis of the connection between Amy Beach’s catana
“Canticle of the Sun” which is set to a 13th Century poem by St. Francis Assisi.
It analyzes the connection between the two time period’s idealism that was
going on during the renaissance and expressionism that was happening in
the 20th century.
3. This article isn’t just geared toward musicians in my opinion; the author does
give a brief overview on what was happening in music during Amy Beach’s
time and what expressionism in music looked like by providing pictures of
the score. The author instead focuses on more religious aspects of Amy Beach
and her personal connection with the poem by St. Francis.
4. Amy Beach was trying to portray the “mystery” that she seen God as in her
piece through her motives and how she varies them.
Article II
1. I found this article through Academic Search Complete on the KSU library
website.
2. This article analysis Amy Beach’s psyche and the way she literally connected
different keys she wrote in her music with colors those keys represent. It
may sound odd but there is an actual science behind what Amy Beach
described known since the 1700’s as Synesthesia which is the involuntary
connection between one sense (hearing) and another r(seeing color).
3. This article is written in the form of an academic journal looking to analyze
Amy Beach as a person instead of citing her music, though the author does
discuss the music describing how Dr. Beach felt every different key
represented and comparing it to outside science describing how humans
analyze characteristics of color.
4. I learned how connected some amazing composers can be with the music
they create. I never knew that a conscious effort was taken to choose a key
that best represented what the composer was trying to say musically and
what color it would produce in our mind.
Sources Cited
Buchanan, Betty. “Connection: A Medieval Text and Twentieth-Century
Expressionism in ‘Canticle of the Sun’, by Amy Beach.” The Choral Journal, vol. 41,
no. 10, 2001, pp. 9–19. www.jstor.org/stable/23553925.

Logan, Jeremy. ”Synesthesia and Femism: A Case Study of Amy Beach” New Sound:
International Magazine for Music Issue. 46 Buchanan, Betty. “Connection: A Medieval Text
and Twentieth-Century Expressionism in ‘Canticle of the Sun’, by Amy Beach.” The Choral
Journal, vol. 41, no. 10, 2001, pp. 9–19. www.jstor.org/stable/23553925.
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