Born in 1888, Johanna Beyer emigrated from Germany and settled in New York where she became deeply involved in the contemporary music scene of the 1930s. Her extraordinary compositions exemplify the innovations of the “American ultramodernists,” a group of important musical pioneers from that era. Though overlooked during her lifetime and for years after her death, today her music is gaining more attention.
These are a selection of her solo piano pieces which I performed live during a celebration of her music at UC Santa Cruz on May 1, 2013:
More biographical information is collected here.
Scores are available from Frog Peak Music.