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Beach, Mrs. H. H. A.
Always Tell an Irish Girl"; Td Rather Be in Miami"; "Eve Cost Adam Just One Bone"; "Who Ever Heard of an Irishman Singing the Blues"; "On Biscayne Bay." Address: 1307 Ave­nue of the Americas, New York 19, N.Y.
Beach, Mrs. H. H. A. (Amy Marcy Cheney), composer, pianist; b. Hen-niker, N.H., Sept. 5, 1867; d. New York, N.Y., Dec. 27, 1944. ASCAP 1924. Educ: first with mother; piano with Ferabo and Baermann; harmony Junius W. Hill, Boston. Self-taught in counterpoint, composition, and or­chestration. Debut as pianist, Boston 1883; made many appearances as soloist with orchestras. To Europe 1910 concertizing and introducing own works in Hamburg, Leipzig and Berlin. Works: Mass in E-flat; Gaelic Symphony; Piano Concerto in C-sharp Minor; comp. Festival Jubilate for dedication Women's Bldg. Chicago World's Fair, 1893; Song of Welcome, Omaha Exposition 1898; Panama Hymn, Panama Pacific Exposition, San Francisco 1915. Chamber Music: Piano Quintet; String Quartet; Suite for two pianos; Variations on Balkan Themes for piano (also two-piano version). Choral: "Let This Mind Be in You"; "Benedictus es Domine"; "Lord of the Worlds Is Above"; "Benedicite Omnia Opera"; "Canticle of the Sun"; "Christ in the Universe"; "Hearken unto Me." Songs: "Ah, Love, But a Day"; "Ecstasy"; *The Year's at the Spring." Also piano pieces, violin pieces, and part songs. Address: Estate, c/o ASCAP.
Beckett, Wheeler Martin Alfred, con­ductor, composer; b. San Francisco, Calif., Mar. 7, 1898. ASCAP 1944. Educ: Columbia Univ. student, 1917-19; B.S. Univ. of Calif. 1921; mem­ber master class for conductors and pri­vate pupil Felix Weingartner, Basle, Switzerland, 1928-30. Inst. Eng­lish Mills Coll., Oakland, Calif., 1926;
conductor San Francisco Symph. Orch. Young Peoples Concerts 1927-30; guest conductor Berlin Philh. Orch., Vienna Philh. Orch. and Straram Orch., Paris and other Euro­pean orchestras 1930. Conductor Richmond, Va., Symph. Orch. 1932-36; guest cond. summer concerts in U.S., incl. Watergate, Washington, Boston "Pops" and Esplanade, Los Angeles; cond. Boston Symph. Orch. Youth Concerts, six each season at Symphony Hall, Boston, 1938-47; New York Youth Concerts with seventy members of the New York Philh. Symph. at Carnegie Hall, five to eight concerts a season, cond. spe­cial performance of Tannhauser, Met. Opera House, New York, for Opera Guild, 1948. Head Musical Consul­tant, War Production Board, Washing­ton, D.C. 1942-43. Author ot Music in Industry. Works: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Symphony in C Minor, Cinderella Fantasy, Mystic Trumpeter for choir, orch. and solo tenor, Incidental music to Asses Ears and Rajvara, both produced by the Bohemian Club, San Francisco. Home: 277 Walnut St., Englewood, NJ.
Beda, Fritz Loehner, see Loehncr-Beda, Fritz.
Bedell, Robert Leech, composer, or­ganist, teacher, radio and recording artist; b. Jersey City Heights, N.J., Feb. 13, 1909. ASCAP 1939. Educ.. Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.; honorary Doctor of Philosophy, Temple Bar, Montana, 1938; honorary Mus. D., Southwestern College, Win-field, Kansas, 1947; honorary Litt. Doc., Findlay College, Findlay, Ohio, 1950. Studied organ with Carl G. Schmidt and George W. Westerfield. Organist and choirmaster, St. Anne's Episcopal Church; organist Brooklyn Inst, of Arts and Sciences; organist New York Radio Station WNYC giving organ recitals from Brooklyn Museum of Art. Organist Brooklyn Oratorio

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