Discourse of Goatherds (Fine, Vivian)


Sheet Music


PDF typeset by Paul Opel
rhymesandchymes (2012/4/4)

Publisher. Info. Vivian Fine Estate
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General Information

Work Title Discourse of Goatherds
Alternative. Title
Composer Fine, Vivian
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Two sections:
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1989
First Performance. 1989-04-20, Northeastern University, Boston, Eli Guilford, bass trombone
Dedication Tom Everett
Average DurationAvg. Duration 7 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation solo trombone

Misc. Comments

The interesting aspect of this piece is that Fine created an actual discourse. The first section, labeled “Amorous,” is a collection of phrases moving rather slowly in quarter- and half-notes that are later fragmented and juxtaposed in the second section’s "Boisterous," which consists of fast moving passages of eighth- and sixteenth-notes forming short phrases and figures that are interrupted frequently by passages from the previous section, creating the impression of two goatherds having a lively conversation.

—Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999