Music of Irving Fine
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR574     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Juilliard String Quartet: [Robert Mann, violin; Robert Koff, violin; Raphael Hillyer, viola; Arthur Winograd, cello]; Alyssa Hess, harp; Janet Lyman Hill, viola; Brooklyn Philharmonic; Lukas Foss, Conductor; Susan Davenny Wyner, soprano; Yehudi Wyner, piano; Linda Quan, violin; Lois Martin, viola; Christopher Finckel, cello

Irving Fine wrote a collection of graceful, eloquent, exquisitely crafted compositions that can legitimately be called “beautiful.”

Fine’s mature work might be described as a particularly Romantic neo-Classicism. In lieu of the desiccated brittleness that typifies much American work in the neo-Classical genre, we find in Fine’s music a lush, heartfelt, and seemingly spontaneous lyricism that always remains within the formal boundaries the composer has set for himself.

The late critic David Ewen put it well in his book American Composers: a Biographical Dictionary, “The best of [Fine’s compositions] are of the highest standards in craftsmanship, creative imagination, and in the realization of a personalized style. He started out as a neo-Classicist, digressed into the twelve-tone system, which he bent to his own artistic needs, and finally, fashioned a mature style, rich in cohesive melodic, polyphonic, and rhythmic invention.”


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Music of Irving Fine

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Track Listing

String Quartet: Allegro risoluto
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String Quartet: Lento
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Notturno for Strings: I. Lento
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Notturno for Strings: II. Animato
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Notturno for Strings: III. Adagio
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Childhood Fables for Grownups - Set 1: Polaroli
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Childhood Fables for Grownups - Set 1: Tigeroo
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Childhood Fables for Grownups - Set 1: Lenny The Leopard
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Childhood Fables for Grownups - Set 1: The Frog and The Snake
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Childhood Fables for Grownups - Set 2: Two Worms
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Childhood Fables for Grownups - Set 2: The Duck and The Yak
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Fantasia for String Trio: I. Adagio ma non troppo
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Fantasia for String Trio: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto ritmico
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Fantasia for String Trio: III. Lento assai tranquillo
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