String Quartet (Fine, Vivian)
Scores and Parts
Vivian Fine Estate
|Work Title||String Quartet|
|Year/Date of Composition||1957|
|First Performance||1957-11-21, Skinner Recital Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, Claremont String Quartet: Marc Goetlieb and Vladimir Weisman, violins, William Schoen, viola, and Irving Klein, cello|
|Average Duration||19 minutes|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, viola, cello|
With A Guide to the Life Expectancy of a Rose and the String Quartet Fine seems to have advanced to a more mature level of composition. The angular lines of her early music are replaced by longer and more graceful curves. She is comfortable with large-scale designs, and although the Quartet has no text, the music has a dramatic quality that was such an important aspect of A Guide. Its humor is replaced with a seriousness and intensity that changes from movement to movement while maintaining an overall expressiveness.
- —Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999
The Claremont Quartet…gave a splendid reading of Miss Fine’s lyrical and spontaneous String Quartet.
- —The New York Times, February 9, 1959