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More letters of Amy Fay : the American years, 1879-1916
Fay, Amy, 1844-1928.
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Correspondence. Selections
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Detroit : Information Coordinators, 1986.
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xx, 168 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 24 cm
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ML417.F281 A4 1986 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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American-born Amy Fay (18441928), a young piano student in Europe in the 1870s, wrote a series of letters home describing in detail the exciting musical life she encountered abroad. Published as Music Study in Germany in 1881, the volume was reprinted 20 times and served as the inspiration for generations of young women who followed Fay's lead to study abroad. McCarthy (music, Regis College, Weston, MA), believing that a letter writer of Fay's skill would continue to write, discovered a cache of letters written after Fay's return to America. A careful selection of these appears here, transcribed, edited, clarified, and arranged chronologically, encompassing the period from 1879 to 1916. A fascinating picture of American musical life is seen through the keen eyes of this sensitive, enthusiastic, gossipy, feminist musician. Fay was a concert pianist and teacher, a friend of prominent musicians and organizers of music clubs, a loving family member and observer of the political scene, and an inveterate concert-goer and critic. This book presents a valuable portrait of an important woman musician and her contemporaries, active at a time when women were just beginning to achieve professional recognition as performers and as composers. A comprehensive index of people and places, several photographs and concert programs, and informative introductory remarks by McCarthy enhance the letters. For students of American music history and women's studies.-S. Glickman, Franklin and Marshall College