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Irving Gifford Fine, composer, musician. award, 1954; award, 1955, numerous commns. Member MacDowell Colony, 1947, 49, 52, 54. Fulbright research fellow, France, 1949; Member League of Composers, A.S.C.A.P.


Fine, Irving Gifford was born on December 3, 1914 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of George and Charlotte Same (Freedman) Fine.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1937, A.M., 1938. Studied piano Frances L. Grover, music theory and composition with Edward Burlingame Hill, Walter Piston, choral conducting with Archibald T. Davison, orchestral conducting with Serge Koussevitsky. Advanced composition with Nadia Boulanger (Wyman Foundation grantee), France, 1939.


Faculty music department Harvard, 1940-1945, instructor, 1942-1945, assistant professor, 1945-1950, assistant conductor Harvard Glee Club, 1942-1945. Faculty Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, Massachusetts, since 1946. Co-director Salzburg Music Seminar, 1950.

Faculty music department Brandeis U., Waltham, Massachusetts, since 1950, composer-in-residence, 1950-1952, associate professor, 1952-1953, Walter W. Naumburg professor, since 1953, chairman School Creative Arts, 1951-1954, 56—.


  • Other Work

    • Composer cantatas, dances, chorals, instrumental music, since 1941. Later ones include: The Hour Glass, 1950. Notturno for strings and harp, 1951.

      Mutability, 1952

    • String Quartet, 1952. Old American Songs, 1953. Serious Song-Lament for String Orchestra, 1955.

      Children’s Songs for Grown-Ups, 1955. Fantasia for String Trio, 1956. Blue Towers, 1959

    • Diversions for Orchestra, 1960.

      Symphony, 1962

    • others.


Member MacDowell Colony, 1947, 49, 52, 54. Fulbright research fellow, France, 1949. Member League of Composers, A.S.C.A.P.


Married Verna Louise Rudnick, June 25, 1941. Children: Claudia Carol, Emily Alison, Joanna Lisa.

George Fine

Charlotte Same (Freedman) Fine

Verna Louise Rudnick

Claudia Carol Fine

Emily Alison Fine

Joanna Lisa Fine