Irving Fine

Biography

Born: December 3, 1914; Boston, MA   Died: August 23, 1962; Boston, MA  
Aaron Copland described his friend and colleague Irving Fine as belonging to what he called the American "Stravinsky school," and indeed much of Fine's early work shows the influence of Stravinsky as well as Hindemith. A tonal language that is basically dissonant characterizes these early works. In later works, such as the String Quartet (1952) and the Fantasia for string trio (1956), Fine worked to integrate elements of serialism into his Read more earlier tonal approach. Although he continued to experiment with serial technique, Fine's late works show more of an interest in contrapuntal and rhythmic organization. In addition to his work as a composer, Fine was a well-known teacher and conductor. He also wrote articles and reviews, which were published in such journals as Modern Music, Notes, and Musical America as well as in the New York Times.

Fine lived most of his life in and around the city of his birth. After attending the public schools in Boston and Winthrop, MA, he studied composition with Hill and Piston at Harvard University, earning a B.A. in 1937 and an M.A. in 1938. He went on to study in Cambridge, MA, and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, as well as studying orchestral conducting with Serge Koussevitzky at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. Fine taught in the music department at Harvard from 1939 to 1950, where, in addition to his teaching duties, he conducted the Harvard Glee Club. In 1950, he became a professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Also, during the summers from 1946 to 1957, he was on the composition staff at the Berkshire Music Center. Over the course of his career, Fine received two Guggenheim Fellowships, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, a Fulbright Research Fellowship, as well as many other awards and grants. At the time of his death, in addition to serving as professor of music at Brandeis, he was the chairman of the Brandeis School of Creative Arts. Read less
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  • 1.
    Immaginosa / Eric Banks, The Esoterics
    Label: Terpsichore (Classical)   Catalog: 505 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine,  William Hawley,  Elliott Carter,  Stephen Paulus  ... 
    Performer:  Kristen Ramer,  Kathea Yarnell,  Laura Certain,  Chris Jeffries  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Banks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Esoterics
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    American Choral Music - Persichetti, Schuman, Bolcom, Fine, Ross
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559358 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine,  William Bolcom,  William Schuman,  Vincent Persichetti  ... 
    Conductor:  James Morrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Texas Chamber Singers
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Brant,  Irving Fine
    Performer:  Frederick Wilkins,  Irving Fine,  Eunice Alberts
    Conductor:  Henry Brant
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    American Music for Strings / Schwarz, Los Angeles CO
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79002 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine,  David Diamond,  Elliott Carter,  Samuel Barber
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
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    Touch - The Toccata Project / Rorem, Sowerby, Amalong
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1142 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Persichetti,  Wallingford Riegger,  Raymond Lewenthal,  Emma Lou Diemer  ... 
    Performer:  Philip Amalong
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    American Choral Music For Male Chorus - Thompson, Harbison, Lauridsen / Harvard Glee Club
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 991 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Traditional,  Stephen Foster,  Irving Fine  ... 
    Conductor:  Jameson Marvin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harvard Glee Club
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    Barber: Agnus Dei / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16031 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland,  Steve Reich  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola-Jane Kemp,  Sarah Leonard,  Fiona Clarke,  Nigel Short  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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  • 8.
    Díaz Trio - Dohnányi, Penderecki, Fine, Beethoven
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 21 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Irving Fine,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Díaz String Trio
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  • 9.
    Andrew Willis Plays American Piano Music - Amlin, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 674 Release Date: 10/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Amlin,  Irving Fine,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Andrew Willis
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    Reincarnations - Ives, Barber, Et Al / Dale Warland Singers
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49239 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ross Lee Finney,  Jacob Avshalomov,  Samuel Barber,  Irving Fine  ... 
    Conductor:  Dale Warland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers
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    Prisms / Chamber Music Palm Beach
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11142 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Gabriel Pierné,  Albert Roussel,  Clark McAlister  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Palm Beach
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    Diversions - Woollen, Fine, Bulow, Et Al / Max Lifchitz
    Label: North/South Recordings   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Alburger,  Harry Bulow,  Nancy Bloomer Deussen,  Irving Fine  ... 
    Performer:  Max Lifchitz
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    An Irving Fine Celebration At The Library Of Congress
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9123 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine
    Performer:  Joseph Holt,  Ida Kavafian,  Ursula Oppens
    Conductor:  Norman Scribner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colorado String Quartet,  Chamber Choir,  Zephyrus
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    Metamorphosen - Dan Coleman, Irving Fine, Et Al / Scott Yoo
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 194 Release Date: 04/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano,  Elena Ruehr,  Elliott Carter,  Ellen Taaffe Zwilich  ... 
    Conductor:  Scott Yoo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
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    The Listeners / William Parker
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80475 Release Date: 10/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jacob Niles,  Irving Fine,  Ernst Bacon,  Robert Evett  ... 
    Performer:  William Huckaby,  William Parker,  Dalton Baldwin,  Virgil Blackwell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia String Quartet
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    American Journey / Clara Longstreth, New Amsterdam Singers
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 08/10/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Brant,  Irving Fine,  Matthew Harris,  Ronald Perera  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Rodgers
    Conductor:  Clara Longstreth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Amsterdam Singers
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    Fine: Symphony 1962, Toccata Concertante, Etc / Boston So
    Label: Phoenix Usa   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Irving Fine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Cri 40th Anniversary - The Composer-performer
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 670 Release Date: 10/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gordon,  Tan Dun,  Alice Shields,  Victoria Jordanova  ... 
    Performer:  Bob Loughlin,  John Lad,  Ted Kuhn,  Michael Gordon  ... 
    Conductor:  Tan Dun
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Gordon Philharmonic,  Nine Song Chorus,  Nine Song Ensemble  ... 
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    Barber: Summer Music; Beach, Etc / Reykjavik Wind Quintet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9174 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  John Harbison,  Gunther Schuller  ... 
    Performer:  Daoi Kolbeinsson,  Bernhardur Wilkinson,  Einar Johannesson,  Joseph Ognibene  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Reykjavík Wind Quintet
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  • 20.
    Blue Towers - Symphonic Music Of Irving Fine / Spiegelman
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3139 Release Date: 07/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine
    Conductor:  Joel Spiegelman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    American Masters - Irving Fine
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 630 Release Date: 06/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine
    Performer:  Raymond Beegle,  Ann Coons,  William Lyon Lee,  Steve Morrow  ... 
    Conductor:  Gregg Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers
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  • 22.
    Fine: String Quartet, Childhood Fables, Notturno, Fantasia
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 574 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine
    Performer:  Robert Mann,  Robert Koff,  Raphael Hillyer,  Arthur Winograd  ... 
    Conductor:  Lukas Foss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Summer Music - Knussen, Fine, Barber, Etc / Esbjerg Ensemble
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32002 Release Date: 01/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  John Cage,  Samuel Barber,  Irving Fine  ... 
    Performer:  Kerstin Theile,  Hans Christian Braein,  Frederik Gislinge,  Mark Hughes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Esbjerg Ensemble
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  • 24.
    Works By Fine, Menotti, Ruggles, Etc / Michael Boriskin
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80402 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Fine,  Carl Ruggles,  Gian Carlo Menotti,  Harold Shapero
    Performer:  Michael Boriskin
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    Songs of America / Jan DeGaetani, Gilbert Kalish
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79178 Release Date: 05/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Aaron Copland,  William Bolcom,  Aaron Jay Kernis  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce Robbins,  Jan DeGaetani,  Gilbert Kalish
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