Promoting Inclusion in Piano Repertoire
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A resource for pianists, pedagogues, and curious music appreciators to explore.
Every two weeks, ASAP is proud to shine the spotlight on different composers that can be found within our database, both living and deceased. Explore these composer's works, learn about who they are as individuals, and discover what makes each composer unique.
Each post will link to the composer's page on our own website, as well as to their own website (if they have one), and a brief write-up that highlights their works for the piano.
Composers are chosen randomly, as every person on our website represents an exciting chance to learn.
Luise Adolpha Le Beau (1850-1927) was a German composer, pianist, and teacher. Le Beau began her musical studies with her father from a young age, including her composition from the age of eight. She later studied with William Kalliwoda in Karsruhe, Clara Schumann (for a summer), Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, and Franz Lachner.
Throughout her studies, Le Beau toured throughout Europe, both as a soloist and with other musicians. Le Beau's compositions were performed through Europe, and she won several international composition competitions. Later in life, she wrote music criticism for several journals, as well as continuing to teach, composer, and perform.
Le Beau was a prolific composer, whose oeuvre includes solo piano works, chamber music, a symphony, two pieces for piano and orchestral, two operas, and dozens of lieder. Though well-known in her lifetime, she remains one of many composers who has sadly fallen out of remembrance.