Irving Fine, a teacher at both Harvard and Brandeis, was a close associate of Copland, Stravinsky and Bernstein. His works of the 1940s show a strong influence of neo-classicism: combining formal precision, instrumental clarity, rhythmic suppleness and lively counterpoint. From the 1950s onwards, Romantic ingredients appear, particularly an intense lyricism, combined increasingly with serial procedures. His output also includes immaculately crafted chamber music and a series of imaginative choral works.
Works by Irving Fine include: Toccata Concertante (1947) for orchestra Notturno for Strings and Harp (1951) Serious Song: A Lament for String Orchestra (1955) Symphony (1962)
"Composer, scholar and conductor, Irving Fine was one of the most gifted products of Boston musical life in the 1940s... there is an attractive lyrical impulse, as well as an ever-impressive economy of thought and texture." — Gramophone