Irving Fine: Chamber and Vocal Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR630     Release Date: 1992-01-01
Gregg Smith Singers; Gregg Smith, conductor; Raymond Beegle, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Vivian Fine, piano; Eunice Alberts, mezzo-soprano; Irving Fine, piano

Irving Fine, born in Boston in 1914 and educated in the public schools of Boston and Winthrop (MA), lived virtually his entire life close to the city of his birth. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University, he undertook further studies in composition with Nadia Boulanger in Cambridge (MA) and France, and in orchestral conducting with Serge Koussevitzky at Tanglewood, from 1939 to 1950. Fine taught in the Harvard Music Department and conducted the Harvard Glee Club. He also served on the Tanglewood composition faculty for nine summers between 1946 and 1957. In the fall of 1950, Fine joined the faculty of Brandeis University as the first Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Music and chairman of the School of Creative Arts, positions he held until his untimely death in 1962 at the age of forty-seven.

Praised as a “musical aristocrat...whose work was distinguished by sensitivity, exquisite taste and ripeness of execution,” Fine has written music, as described by his friend and colleague, Aaron Copland that “wins us over through its keenly conceived sonorities and its fully realized expressive content.” Although Fine spent his life in a university setting, his works are “without the slightest taint of academicism” and, to quote Copland, full of “elegance, style, a finish and a convincing continuity.”


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Hour-Glass: I. O know to end as to begin
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Hour-Glass: II. Have you seen the white lily grow
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Hour-Glass: III. O do not wanton with those eyes
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Hour-Glass: IV. Against jealousy
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Hour-Glass: V. Lament
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Hour-Glass: VI. The Hour-Glass
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Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland (first series): I. The Lobster Quadrille
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Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland (first series): II. Lullaby of The Duchess
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Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland (first series): III. Father William
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Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland (second series): I. The Knave's Letter
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Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland (second series): II. The White Knight's Song
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Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland (second series): III. Beautiful Soup
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McCord's Menagerie: I. Vultur Gryphus
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McCord's Menagerie: II. Jerboa
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McCord's Menagerie: III. Mole
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McCord's Menagerie: IV. Clam
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Sonata for Violin and Piano: I. Moderato; Allegro moderato, giusto
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Sonata for Violin and Piano: II. Lento con moto
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Sonata for Violin and Piano: III. Vivo
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Mutability: I. I Have Heard The Hoof Beats of Happiness
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Mutability: II. My Father
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Mutability: III. The Weed
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Mutability: IV. Peregrine
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Mutability: V. Jubilation
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Mutability: VI. Now God Be Thanked for Mutability
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