String Quartet (Fine, Vivian)

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Publisher. Info. Vivian Fine Estate
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Work Title String Quartet
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Composer Fine, Vivian
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IVF 71
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements:
  1. Allegro appassionato
  2. Allegro di bravura
  3. Lento
  4. Allegretto a la danza
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 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 DurationAvg. Duration 19 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello

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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