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|Work Title||“Epigram” and “Epitaph: upon the death of Sir Albert Morton’s Wife”|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1941|
|Librettist||Sir William Jones and Sir Henry Wotton|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||5 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||Contralto or mezzo-soprano and piano|
Fine expressed her feelings [about World War II] in two song collections. The first consists of two songs, “Epigram,” and “Epitaph: upon the death of Sir Albert Morton’s Wife,” on texts by Sir William Jones (1746-1794) and Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639). Epigram is a parent’s hope that a baby will live, and Epitaph is a statement about a wife who died not long after her husband’s death. She wrote the second collection, Songs of Our Times (1943), for a concert that Lazare Saminsky produced at the Temple Emmanuel in New York to support the Russian/American efforts in the war.
…the attractive Epigram, of a limpid vocal line and imaginative instrumentation….