Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000

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Vivian Fine (b. Sept. 28, 1913, in Chicago; d. Mar. 20, 2000, in Bennington, Vt.) was an American composer, pianist, and educator.

From the description of Vivian Fine music manuscripts, 1927-2004 (bulk 1929-1994). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71128297

Commissioned for the San Francisco Symphony's 1982-83 season by Dr. and Mrs. Ralph I. Dorfman.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Drama for orchestra : after paintings by Edvard Munch / Vivan Fine. [1982]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 173182040

Composer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Vivian Fine : oral history, 1978. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122587216

Biographical Note

  • 1913, Sept. 28: Born, Chicago, to Russian-Jewish immigrants Rose and David Fine
  • 1918: Began piano studies with mother Became youngest student ever to receive a scholarship from the Chicago Musical College
  • 1924 - 1926 : Studied piano with Djane Lavoie-Herz, former student of Scriabin
  • 1926: Composed first work, Lullaby, for piano
  • 1926 - 1928 : Studied harmony and composition with Ruth Crawford and counterpoint with Adolf Weidig at American Conservatory in Chicago Met Henry Cowell, Dane Rudhyar, and Imre Weisshauss, who became early supporters
  • 1929: Solo for Oboe premiered at Carnegie Hall
  • 1931: Moved to New York City Dance accompanist, Gluck-Sandor Dance Theater and other studios
  • 1932: Became member of Aaron Copland's Young Composers' Group Premiere of Four Polyphonic Pieces for Piano at the First Yaddo Festival
  • 1934 - 1942 : Studied composition with Roger Sessions
  • 1935: Married sculptor Benjamin Karp
  • 1937: Helped found The American Composers' Alliance
  • 1937 - 1945 : Studied piano with Abby Whiteside
  • 1942: Daughter Margaret born
  • 1943: Studied orchestration with George Szell
  • 1945 - 1948 : Faculty member, piano department, New York University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1948: Adjunct faculty member, literature and materials, Juilliard School, New York, N.Y. Moved to New Paltz, New York Daughter Nina born
  • 1953 - 1960 : Artistic director, Rothschild Foundation
  • 1964 - 1987 : Teacher, composition, Bennington College, Bennington, Vt.
  • 1980: Elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
  • 2000, Mar. 20: Died, Bennington, Vermont

From the guide to the Vivian Fine Music Manuscripts, 1927-2004, (bulk 1929-1994), (Music Division Library of Congress)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Vivian Fine music manuscripts, 1927-2004 (bulk 1929-1994). Library of Congress
creatorOf Weidman, Charles. Opus 51 / [choreography: Charles Weidman ; music: Vivian Fine]. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Drama : for orchestra : after paintings by Edvard Munch / Vivian Fine. Library of Congress
creatorOf Yaddo (Artist's colony). Music Group. Yaddo Festival concerts of Saturday, Sept. 10, 1938 [sound recording] / Yaddo Music Group. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Jacobo Ficher Collection, 1864-1997, (bulk 1919-1978) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Academy of Allied Arts. [Catalogs, announcements, etc.] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. The race of life; for orchestra. Based on drawings by James Thurber. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Ode to Henry Purcell : for soprano and string quartet (1984) / Vivian Fine ; text by Rainer Maria Rilke and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Library of Congress
referencedIn Ficher, Jacobo, 1896-1978. Jacobo Ficher collection, 1864-1997 (bulk 1919-1978). Library of Congress
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Divertimento for violoncello and percussion / Vivian Fine. Indiana University
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Romantic ode / Vivian Fine. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. After the tradition / Vivian Fine. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Józef Wittlin correspondence and compositions, 1940-1976. Houghton Library
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Teishō / Vivian Fine. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Drama for orchestra : after paintings by Edvard Munch / Vivan Fine. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Poetic fires : (from the Greeks) : for piano and orchestra / Vivian Fine. Library of Congress
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Reminiscences of Vivian Fine : oral history, 1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. After the tradition / Vivian Fine. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Vivian Fine Music Manuscripts, 1927-2004, (bulk 1929-1994) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. Three songs / music by Vivian Fine. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Fine, Vivian, 1913-2000. The race of life / [Vivian Fine]. The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library
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associatedWith Academy of Allied Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Bennington College. corporateBody
associatedWith Bowers, Theresa, person
associatedWith Donne, John, 1572-1631 person
correspondedWith Ficher, Jacobo, 1896-1978. person
associatedWith Hopkins, Gerard Manley, 1844-1889 person
associatedWith Library of Congress. Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Library of Congress. Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Lyly, John, 1554?-1606 person
associatedWith Munch, Edvard, 1863-1944. person
associatedWith Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695. person
associatedWith Rilke, Rainer Maria, 1875-1926 person
correspondedWith Seeger, Ruth Crawford, 1901-1953 person
associatedWith Sidney, Philip, Sir, 1554-1586 person
associatedWith Vivian Fine Collection (Library of Congress) corporateBody
correspondedWith Wittlin, Józef, 1896- person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony). Music Group. corporateBody
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Subject
Musical sketches
String orchestra music--Scores
Modern dance
Women composers
Piano with orchestra--Scores
Women music teachers
Women composers--United States
Dance music--Scores
Songs (high voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores
Vocal octets with instrumental ensemble--Scores
Percussion and violoncello music--Scores
Songs (medium voice) with piano
Composers--Interviews
Music--Manuscripts
String trio with string orchestra--Scores
Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores
Orchestral music--Scores
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Women music teachers--United States
Orchestral music--Scores and parts
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Birth 1913-09-28

Death 2000-02-21

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