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On this day in 2020, Emma. was released in theaters. A period romantic comedy based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name, this film was instantly beloved for its dreamy, pleasant atmosphere and charming comedy. The mood of a film is set by its score, and for Emma, the elegant yet playful music certainly did so.… read more.
Today, on the anniversary of her death, we’re celebrating Amy Cheney Beach, a groundbreaking female composer.
Born in America in 1867, Amy Cheney Beach was a composer at a time when it was not only rare, but actually unheard of to be successful in that field as a woman. In fact, Amy’s first symphony (her “Gaelic Symphony”) was the first symphony to be composed and published by an American woman.… read more.
Composing film scores is a field within the movie industry that is still overwhelmingly monopolized by men. A study published last year found that of the 100 top-grossing movies of the last twelve years, only 1.4% had a score composed by a woman. And yet, there are female composers: a handful who have been steadily working in the industry for years and a new set who are slowly breaking into Hollywood.… read more.