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Irving Fine

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.).

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

Irving Fine : McCord's Menagerie

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

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Voicing: TBB 3 Parts | 8002b | Sheet Music | $7.50 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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Beautiful Soup : SSA : Irving Fine : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48001082 : 073999691245

Irving Fine : Beautiful Soup

with Piano

Composer: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48001082


Ching-a-Ring Chaw : SATB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48003285 : 073999073652

Irving Fine : Ching-a-Ring Chaw

Also available in other voicings: SSAA (48003286) - TTBB (48003502) - Unison (48004374)

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003285


Ching-a-Ring Chaw : Unison : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48004374 : 073999479959

Irving Fine : Ching-a-Ring Chaw

Also available in other voicings: SATB (48003285) - SSAA (48003286) - TTBB (48003502).

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48004374


Clam : TBB : Irving Fine : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48001079 : 073999548846

Irving Fine : Clam

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!

Composer: Irving Fine

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48001079


Father William : SSA : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48018700 : 073999814118

Irving Fine : Father William

Now back in print! This lively selection from Fine's classic Alice in Wonderland is full of dancing rhythms and spirited energy. Available for SATB, SSA and TTBB. Performance Time: Approx. 2:15. Recorded by Gregg Smith Singers with Raymond Beegle, piano. Courtesy of Composers Recordings, Inc.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48018700


Father William : TTBB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48018701 : 073999915891

Irving Fine : Father William

Now back in print! This lively selection from Fine's classic Alice in Wonderland is full of dancing rhythms and spirited energy. Available for SATB, SSA and TTBB. Performance Time: Approx. 2:15. Recorded by Greg Smith Singers with Raymond Beegle, piano. Courtesy of Composers Recordings, Inc. Publisher Code ISMN M-051-47605-3.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48018701


Father William : SATB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48018702 : 073999323542

Irving Fine : Father William

Now back in print! This lively selection from Fine's classic Alice in Wonderland is full of dancing rhythms and spirited energy. Available for SATB, SSA and TTBB. Performance Time: Approx. 2:15. Recorded by Gregg Smith Singers with Raymond Beegle, piano. Courtesy of Composers Recordings, Inc.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48018702


I Bought Me a Cat : SATB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48003224 : 073999348088

Irving Fine : I Bought Me a Cat

This extremely fun piece features Tenor and Soprano Solos.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003224


I Bought Me a Cat : TBB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48003228 : 073999740578

Irving Fine : I Bought Me a Cat

With Tenor, Baritone and Bass solos.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $3.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003228


Jerboa : TBB : Irving Fine : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48001077 : 073999348521

Irving Fine : Jerboa

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.

Composer: Irving Fine

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48001077


Lobster Quadrille : SATB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48005112 : 073999287684

Irving Fine : Lobster Quadrille

This popular and playful first selection from Three Choral Settings from Alice in Wonderland is now back in print! With piano. Recorded by Gregg Smith Singers with Raymond Beegle, piano - Courtesy Composers Recordings, Inc.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48005112


Lobster Quadrille : SSA : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48018703 : 073999984736

Irving Fine : Lobster Quadrille

This popular and playful first selection from Three Choral Settings from Alice in Wonderland is now back in print! With piano.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48018703


Long Time Ago : SATB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48003225 : 073999177299

Irving Fine : Long Time Ago

Also available in SSA (48003441) and Unison (48004934).

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003225


Lullaby of the Duchess : SATB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48018704 : 073999187045

Irving Fine : Lullaby of the Duchess

Now back in print! Alice's frightful encounter with the Duchess and her violently ironic lullabye makes for a memorable singing experience.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48018704


Lullaby of the Duchess : SSA : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48018705 : 073999897616

Irving Fine : Lullaby of the Duchess

Now back in print! Alice's frightful encounter with the Duchess and her violently ironic lullabye makes for a memorable singing experience.

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48018705


Mole : TBB : Irving Fine : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48001078 : 073999772029

Irving Fine : Mole

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.

Composer: Irving Fine

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48001078


The Dodger (Campaign Song) : TTBB : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48003227 : 073999245578

Irving Fine : The Dodger (Campaign Song)

with Baritone Solo

Arranger: Irving Fine

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003227


Vultur Gryphus : TBB : Irving Fine : Irving Fine : Sheet Music : 48001076 : 073999168167

Irving Fine : Vultur Gryphus

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.

Composer: Irving Fine

More details
Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48001076

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