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||Discourse of Goatherds
|Year/Date of Composition
||1989-04-20, Northeastern University, Boston, Eli Guilford, bass trombone
The interesting aspect of this piece is that Fine created an actual discourse. The first section, labeled “Amorous,” is a collection of phrases moving rather slowly in quarter- and half-notes that are later fragmented and juxtaposed in the second section’s "Boisterous," which consists of fast moving passages of eighth- and sixteenth-notes forming short phrases and figures that are interrupted frequently by passages from the previous section, creating the impression of two goatherds having a lively conversation.
- —Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999