Remembering Vivian Fine

Sunday, March 20th, marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Vivian Fine (1913-2000) and the loss of a truly great American composer. Fine was a prolific composer who completed over 140 works in a 70 year career. Ranging in instrumentation and genre, Fine was known well for her chamber pieces, but also composed ballets, works for voice and for large orchestras. Born in Chicago, Fine was a piano prodigy at five, began composing at fourteen, and made her professional debut as a composer at sixteen. She was a student of Ruth Crawford, was a part of Aaron Copland’s young…