Hymns (Fine, Vivian)
Joan Stein and Betty Rosenblum, pianos,
Maxine Neuman, cello, Maria Lattimore, horn
Vivian Fine estate
|Year/Date of Composition||1991|
|Average Duration||8 1/2 miinutes|
|Instrumentation||2 pianos, horn, cello|
A hymn…originally meant a form of “woven” or “spun” speech. Although the etymology is not Greek but Asiatic, the word derives from a Greek word for weaving, hyphainein.
- —from The Homeric Hymns by Charles Boer. Composer’s note to the score
The idea of weaving reflects Fine's tendency to self-borrow. The first movement is from Poetic Fires and the second incorporates patterning and sketches from Drama's Jealousy. Fine stated that since compositions were often heard only once, she had no objections to rewriting for different instrumentation.
- —Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999.