Toccatas and Arias for Piano (Fine, Vivian)




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Publisher Info. Americans from Moscow
Moscow: Melodiya CD - used with permission
Performers Veda Zuponcic
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Work Title Toccatas and Arias for Piano
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Composer Fine, Vivian
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IVF 75
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 movements
  1. Toccata I (Allegro)
  2. Aria I (Passionato)
  3. Toccata II (Allegretto)
  4. Aria II (Andante)
  5. Toccata III (Presto leggiero)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1987
First Performance. 1989 - January in New York. Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Veda Zuponcic, pianist
Average DurationAvg. Duration 8 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano
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Commissioned by Veda Zuponcic

Toccatas and Arias is a culmination of the qualities of balance and symmetry in Fine’s writing—contrasting consonance and dissonance, contrapuntal techniques and homophony, unrelenting drive and lyrical beauty, forte and piano dynamics, and subject and retrograde—the ultimate creation of formal balance and symmetry. Fine achieved in Toccatas and Arias a composer’s ideal goal: to preserve one’s inherent compositional characteristics, to develop one’s style through study, experimentation, and craftsmanship, and to express one’s musical intentions.

—Leslie Jones, “The Solo Piano Music of Vivian Fine,” Doctor of musical arts thesis, University of Cincinnatti, 1994

The overall effect of Toccatas and Arias is alternating impressions of driving force and lyricism. There is skillful use of counterpoint and masterful control of the varying impacts of consonance and dissonance. It is a spectacular recreation of the Baroque toccata.

—liner notes, "Americans from Moscow" Melodiya CD


The work required finger power and concentration. Miss Zuponcic sailed through its thunderous explorations of the keyboard’s full range with clarity and apparent ease.

—Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, February 1, 1989