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.).

He also was a Stravinsky epigone.

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Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1947 Toccata Concertante 3.50 out of 5 stars CD
Comments:
Boston Symphony Orchestra cond. Erich Leinsdorf|
1955 Serious Song for String Orchestra 3.50 out of 5 stars CD
Comments:
Boston Symphony Orchestra cond. Erich Leinsdorf|
1962 Symphony 1962 3.50 out of 5 stars CD
Comments:
Boston Symphony Orchestra cond. Erich Leinsdorf|