Toccatas and Arias for Piano (Fine, Vivian)

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Performers Veda Zuponcic
Publisher Info. Americans from Moscow
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General Information

Work Title Toccatas and Arias for Piano
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Composer Fine, Vivian
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 movements
Toccata I Allegro
Aria I Passionato
Toccata II Allegretto
Aria II Andante
Toccata III Presto leggiero
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1987
First Performance. 1989 - January in New York. Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Veda Zuponcic, pianist
Average DurationAvg. Duration 8 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano
External Links Vivian Fine website


Misc. Comments

Commissioned by Veda Zuponcic


Toccatas and Arias is a culmination of the qualities of balance and symmetry in Fine’s writing—contrasting consonance and dissonance, contrapuntal techniques and homophony, unrelenting drive and lyrical beauty, forte and piano dynamics, and subject and retrograde—the ultimate creation of formal balance and symmetry. Fine achieved in Toccatas and Arias a composer’s ideal goal: to preserve one’s inherent compositional characteristics, to develop one’s style through study, experimentation, and craftsmanship, and to express one’s musical intentions.

—Leslie Jones, “The Solo Piano Music of Vivian Fine,” Doctor of musical arts thesis, University of Cincinnatti, 1994


The overall effect of Toccatas and Arias is alternating impressions of driving force and lyricism. There is skillful use of counterpoint and masterful control of the varying impacts of consonance and dissonance. It is a spectacular recreation of the Baroque toccata.

—liner notes, "Americans from Moscow" Melodiya CD


Review

The work required finger power and concentration. Miss Zuponcic sailed through its thunderous explorations of the keyboard’s full range with clarity and apparent ease.

—Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, February 1, 1989