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Irving Fine : an American composer in his time

Irving Fine : an American composer in his time / Phillip Ramey.
Ramey, Phillip.
[Hillsdale, N.Y.] : Pendragon Press in association with Library of Congress, [2005], ©2005.

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xvii, 334 pages : illustrations; 25 cm.
"Philip Ramey's Irving Fine: An American Composer in His Time is a study of the life and music of an artist of extraordinary refinement and distinction who was also an innovative educator. This book is partly based on the reminiscences of the composer's family, friends and colleagues. The portrait that emerges of Fine (1914-1962) is sketched only by those who spoke to the author from first-hand knowledge. Ramey, a composer and pianist, discusses Fine's brief teaching career in the 1940s at his alma mater, Harvard University - shadowed, Fine was convinced, by a malign tradition of tacit anti-Semitism - and his subsequent years at the newly opened Brandeis University, where he flourished, founding the music department and introducing a landmark performing arts festival." "Fine's growth stemmed from not only his probing musical and creative intellect but also his personal and professional relationships with Aaron Copland and four Boston-associated composers: Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger. In addition to their Harvard and Brandeis connections, these men all worked at Tanglewood under the guidance of the legendary conductor Serge Koussevitzky." "The images in the book's photo section were gleaned from the albums of family and friends and show Fine from his youth to a few days before his death. They include his family, his Tanglewood and Brandeis activities, Koussevitzky, and contemporary composers such as Copland, Bernstein and Darius Milhaud, as well as the row chart for his String Quartet, from the Library of Congress's Irving Fine Collection. Ramey has also provided a chronological list of Fine's compositions."--BOOK JACKET.
Series Statement
Lives in music series ; no. 8
Uniform Title
Lives in music series ; no. 8.
  • Includes a list of Irving Fine's works (p. 312-313), and indexes.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. ), a list of Irving Fine's works (p. ), and index.
  • ocm60839373
  • SCSB-9094723
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Columbia University Libraries