Vivian Fine

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Despite having composed 140 major works of music, all while pursuing an active and productive career in teaching, Vivian Fine (1913-2000) has not, until now, been the subject of a significant biography or bibliography. Regarded by many as the finest American female composer of the 20th century, Fine enjoyed many accomplishments, which ranged from seeing her works first performed when she was only 18 years old, and witnessing one of her ballets choreographed by Martha Graham, to the achievement of international renown. Author Judith Cody, who knew Fine personally, provides here a complete bibliography of her compositions, guides to locating published and recorded editions, and analyses of various aspects of the work of this most important figure in American music.

Interviews with Fine, combined with extensive research into secondary sources, allow Cody to give shape to a remarkable life, tracing the composer as she moved from child prodigy of Chicago to the center of the modern music and dance movements in New York City in the thirties, forties, and fifties. The result is both an exhaustive reference work and a vibrant portrait of an artist whose talents spanned decades, continents, and nearly every major creative development of the 20th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313254741
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Series: Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

JUDITH CODY is an independent writer, researcher, poet, and composer who has won national awards for both writing and musical composition. Also a pianist and classical guitarist, she has composed numerous chamber works, published a collection of her poetry, and written on the "creative explosions" of composers. The Smithsonian Institute has placed her Women's Year Poem in its permanent collection of American history.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
How to use this Book xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Chapter 1 Biography
New World Music: New Star 1
Juvenescent Genius 3
Review 4
Crawford Educates Fine: First Creative Explosion 5
Review 8
Conquering the New Music Circle: New York City 9
Creating Modern Dance in America 11
Review 15
Creative and Structural Synthesis: Mid-Life Interlude 15
Family and Music in Suburban 1950s and 1960s 17
Review 19
Bennington: Second Creative Explosion 19
Review 29
Summary 29
Chapter 2 Bibliography B1 to B323 39
Chapter 3 Works and Performances JCi to JC140 171
Chapter 4 Fine at the Piano 261
Catalog of Selected Piano Performances P1 to P69 263
Chapter 5 Discography D1 to D21 273
Chapter 6 Chronology of Life Events Keyed to Chapter 1 277
1 Locating Fine's Music and Scores 289
2 Publishers and Recording Companies 291
3 Vivian Fine's Lifetime Creative Periods 294
4 Analysis of Fine's Creative Productivity 295
5 Fine's Music and Composition Education 297
6 Works Listed Alphabetically 298
7 Works Listed by JC Number 301
8 Works Listed by Genre 304
9 Fine's Use of Poetry in Music 308
10 Iconography for Fine's After the Tradition 311
11 Guide to Authors 312
Index 315
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