Expand
  • Find us on Facebook
  • View Our YouTube Channel
  • Listen on Spotify
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • View our scores on nkoda
Scoring
2.picc.2.corA.2.bcl.2.dbn-4.2.3.1-timp.perc:SD/cym/BD-pft-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
22/10/1948
Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Serge Koussevitzky
Repertoire Note

This sprightly, eleven-minute work was Fine's first orchestral piece. Its effervescent surface texture, brisk rhythmic pulse, and concertante treatment of woodwinds recall the neoclassic Stravinsky. Indeed, critics often place Fine in an American "Stravinsky school" that also included Arthur Berger and Lukas Foss. Fine readily admitted a neoclassic element in his style, but his particular combination of innocence and elegance were uniquely his own. Critic Virgil Thomson wrote of the "grace" and "genuine prettiness" of this work. Fine earlier considered the titles "Sinfonia" and "Masque."





Reproduction Rights
This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to Boosey & Hawkes/Jennifer DeLapp.


Stay updated on the latest composer news and publications