Discourse of Goatherds (Fine, Vivian)

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Publisher. Info. Vivian Fine Estate
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Work Title Discourse of Goatherds
Alternative. Title
Composer Fine, Vivian
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IVF 16
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Two sections:
  1. Amorous
  2. Boisterous
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

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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