In Memoriam: George Finckel (Fine, Vivian)
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|Work Title||In Memoriam: George Finckel|
|First Performance||September 13, 1987, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont.
|Average Duration||6 minutes|
|Composer Time Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||4 cellos or multiples thereof|
George Finckel was Fine’s longtime colleague at Bennington. He performed many of her compositions, and his cello class was the inspiration for her Missa Brevis. The first section is a sustained adagio, while the second has a texture change to bowed tremolo harmonics. The piece ends with a recapitulation of the first section, to which Fine added an expressive line resembling the “Lacrymosa (Weeping)” movement from Missa Brevis.
- —adapted from Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999