Singers.com

In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

Home | Doo Wop | Barbershop | World | Contemporary | Christian | Vocal Jazz | Choral | Christmas | Instructional | Arrangements

Irving Fine

Irving Fine

Born: 1914 Died: 1962

Irving Fine's music, wrote Aaron Copland, "wins us over through its keenly conceived sonorities and its fully realized expressive content"; Copland also singled out its "elegance, style, finish and a convincing continuity", its overarching lyricism summed up in Virgil Thomson's description of its "unusual melodic grace".

Irving Fine was born in Boston, Mass., on 3 December 1914 and first studied piano; he was an admired pianist throughout his career, and was particularly esteemed by colleagues for his sight-reading ability. Fine went to Harvard University, attending the composition and theory classes of Edward Burlingame Hill and Walter Piston; he received his BA in 1937 and his MA a year later; at Harvard he also studied choral conducting with Archibald T. Davidson and, at Tanglewood, orchestral conducting with Serge Koussevitzy. In 1938-39 he attended Nadia Boulanger's composition classes at Fontainebleau, outside Paris, and at Radcliffe College, Cambridge (Mass.).

Fine's connection with Harvard continued in 1939, when he became a member of the Music Department. He was appointed Assistant Professor in 1945 and stayed there until 1950; from 1939-45 he was also Assistant Conductor of the Harvard Glee Club. At Harvard he was closely associated with Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Koussevitzky and Leonard Bernstein. In 1950 Fine took up a chair at Brandeis University, where he taught until 1962 when, on 23 August, he was felled by a fatal heart-attack.

Fine's music initially shows the impress of Stravinsky's neo-classicism - Fine himself described his Violin Sonata of 1946 as "essentially tonal, diatonic, moderately dissonant, neo-Classic in its formal approach". Among the other works which best exemplify these qualities are the Music for Piano of 1947, the Partita for wind quintet of 1948 and, perhaps the best-known of these early scores, the vigorous, rhythmically outgoing Toccata Concertante for orchestra of 1947.

A more Romantic element combined with Fine's essential lyricism from around 1950 onwards, most notably in the Notturno for strings and harp of 1950-51 and the Serious Song (subtitled "A Lament for String Orchestra") of 1955. An interest in the twelve-tone system began to colour his music during the 1950s, but Fine never went all the way towards serialism; instead, it allowed him to accommodate a higher degree of dissonance in his music without compromising its textural clarity. All these influences combined in his final and most important work, the Symphony of 1962 (an opera and a violin concerto were unfinished at the time of his death). The Symphony has a powerful onward thrust, animated by jagged, driving rhythms and bold, confident gestures. Fine conducted its premiere less than two weeks before he died.

Featured Items (See Related Items.)

Displaying 1-2 of 2 items.


Irving Fine : McCord's Menagerie : TBB 3 Parts : Sheet Music : Irving Fine

Irving Fine : McCord's Menagerie

Review: Subtitled "Four Vivariations", Irving Fine's McCord's Menagerie, are settings of humorous poems by David McCord. With the bumbling "loo's" accompanying the tenor melody, Fine's setting of Vultur Gryphus implies a harmless creature. Instead of the movie western's ominous bird associated with death, Fine's animal seems too lazy and stupid to get his own food! Jerboa, classified as the genus jaculus jaculus, is as active and scary in Fine's world as Vultur Gryphus is laid back and friendly. Fine agrees with those to whom a darting (the translation of the Latin jaculus) small rodent is sinister and creepy, attributes he conveys through abrupt entrances and minor tonality. In Mole McCord compares the over-soul of man, a Unitarian concept put forth by Ralph Waldo Emerson, with the limited capacities of the mole. In Clam, Fine and McCord give in to their silliest selves. McCord observes how man the diner and clam the dinner (in chowder no less) both evolved from the same ancestor; man is saved from the clam's fate, according to McCord, by his own initiative and work ethic. Fine has a lot of fun with the sounds suggesting insouciance, which explains why the clam never got ahead! Lots of fun here.

Songlist: Jerboa, Vultur Gryphus, Clam, Mole

More details
8002b | Sheet Music $7.50 | TBB 3 Parts add item to cart Humorous A Cappella Arrangements


Dale Warland Singers : Reincarnations : 00  1 CD : Dale Warland : Irving Fine : 49239

Dale Warland Singers : Reincarnations

Review: Reincarnations is a program of five American masterworks and includes one world premier recording (Tom o'Bedlam). "The Hour Glass" by Irving Fine is difficult and virtuosic cycle, written in a lyrical style just before his 12-tone experimentation. "Tom o'Bedlam" by Jacob Avshlomov is based on a text about one of the patients of the insane asylum, St. Mary of Bethlehem, in 16th century. Accompanied by oboe and percussion, this powerful piece mimics the nonsense and madness in the text. "Reincarnations" by Samuel Barber is a set of three pieces which uses James Stephen's re-writing of old Gaelic poetry and includes the absolutely gorgeous setting of "The Coolin (The Fair Haired One)." All of the works on this recording are demanding but skillfully sung by the incomparable Dale Warland Singers.

Songlist: The Hour Glass , - O know to end as to begin, - Have you seen the white lily grow, - O do not wanton with those eyes, - Against Jealousy, - Lament, - The Hour-Glass, Tom o'Bedlam , Reincarnations , - When again all these rare perfections meet, - All-circling point, - His body was an orb, - On a round ball, - Nor do I doubt, - See how the arched Earth, Psalm 90 (Charles Ives)

More details
7237c | 1 CD $15.98 add item to cart

Related Items ( See Featured Items )

Displaying 1-31 of 31 items.

Song NameArrangerComposerArtistItem TitleFormatTrax
- Against JealousyIrving FineDale Warland SingersReincarnations 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
- Have you seen the white lily growIrving FineDale Warland SingersReincarnations 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
- LamentIrving FineDale Warland SingersReincarnations 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
- O do not wanton with those eyesIrving FineDale Warland SingersReincarnations 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
- O know to end as to beginIrving FineDale Warland SingersReincarnations 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
- The Hour-GlassIrving FineDale Warland SingersReincarnations 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
A Short AlleluiaJohn HopkinsIrving FineA Short AlleluiaSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Against JealousyIrving FineSixteenBarber - Agnus Dei 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Against jealousy - The hour-glass (1949)Irving FineEsotericsImmaginosa - American inspiration and the modern madrigal 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
ClamIrving FineIrving FineMcCord's MenagerieSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Father WilliamIrving FineFather WilliamSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Father WilliamIrving FineFather WilliamSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Father WilliamIrving FineFather WilliamSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Have You Seen The White Lily Grow?Irving FineSixteenBarber - Agnus Dei 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Have you seen the white lily grow? - The hour-glass (1949)Irving FineEsotericsImmaginosa - American inspiration and the modern madrigal 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
JerboaIrving FineIrving FineMcCord's MenagerieSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
LamentIrving FineSixteenBarber - Agnus Dei 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lament - The hour-glass (1949)Irving FineEsotericsImmaginosa - American inspiration and the modern madrigal 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lobster QuadrilleIrving FineLobster QuadrilleSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Lobster QuadrilleIrving FineLobster QuadrilleSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Lullaby of the DuchessIrving FineLullaby of the DuchessSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Lullaby of the DuchessIrving FineLullaby of the DuchessSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
MoleIrving FineIrving FineMcCord's MenagerieSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
O Do Not Wanton With Those EyesIrving FineSixteenBarber - Agnus Dei 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
O do not wanton with those eyes - The hour-glass (1949)Irving FineEsotericsImmaginosa - American inspiration and the modern madrigal 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
O Know To End As To BeginIrving FineSixteenBarber - Agnus Dei 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
O know to end as to begin- The hour-glass (1949)Irving FineEsotericsImmaginosa - American inspiration and the modern madrigal 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The Hour Glass Irving FineDale Warland SingersReincarnations 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The Hour-GlassIrving FineSixteenBarber - Agnus Dei 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The hour-glass - The hour-glass (1949)Irving FineEsotericsImmaginosa - American inspiration and the modern madrigal 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Vultur GryphusIrving FineIrving FineMcCord's MenagerieSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 


Search Catalog



Narrow your search with the following choices:
Song Title
Group Name
Book/CD Title
Gender
Music Category
Format
Number of Voice Parts
New Release?
Christmas?
Clear and Start Over  

All Rights Reserved   All Content, page design, CGI Copyright © United Singers International