||Concertino for Piano and Percussion Ensemble
- Allegretto agitato
- Lento appassionato
- Tempi di giga
- Andante tranquillo
|Year/Date of Composition
||1965-03-18 in New York, Manhattan School of Music.
- Paul Price Ensemble, Vivian Fine, piano, Paul Price, conductor
|Composer Time Period
||Piano, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, tom-toms (3) and timpani
||Vivian Fine website
Although the Concertino is in one movement, it is divided into five sections, reflecting the usual interpretation of a concertino as a small-scaled concerto….However, Fine blurs the distinction between soloist and ensemble. At times the mallet percussion instruments are an extension of the piano and vice versa. Often the piano and percussion are treated as equals, sharing phrases. The piano does have a cadenza at the end of the first section, and the "Lento appassionato" features the percussion ensemble, especially the timpani, portraying a seductive dance rhythm, with the piano participating at the end of the section.
- —Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999