(1914 - 1962)
Irving Fine studied with Walter Piston at Harvard University and with Nadia Boulanger at Radcliffe College and in Paris. He worked as composer, scholar and conductor, teaching at Harvard, Tanglewood and Brandeis. Fine was a close associate of Copland, Stravinsky, Koussevitzky and Bernstein. His works of 1940s show strong influence of neo-classicism, combining formal precision, instrumental clarity, rhythmic suppleness and lively counterpoint. From the 1950s onwards Romantic traits in his mucis appeared, particularly an intense lyricism, combined increasingly with serial procedures. His last completed work before his untimely death was Symphony (1962) which he conducted with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Fine's output also included immaculately crafted chamber music and a series of imaginative choral works.
Composition timpani and percussion requirements
Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
Snare drum, orchestral bass drum, tambourine, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, wood block, triangle, tam tam, xylophone, glockenspiel, antique cymbals, tubular bells, celeste
Timpani + 1 percussion
Snare drum, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drums