Composer:   Irving Fine
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   G. Schirmer
Edition:   9969, 9972, 9973
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Mary Kay Geston
Northwestern College 2003
R&R Chair College & University

II. “Have you seen the white lily grow”; V. “Lament”; VI. “The Hour-Glass”

These three selections from Irving Fine’s cycle of six songs to poems by late-Renaissance poet Ben Jonson are representative of the evocative choral writing of this American composer. Fine’s harmonic language is alternately transparent and lush and allows Jonson’s intimate poetry to ‘speak.’ This sensitive music requires a light and skillful approach and is suitable for collegiate and professional or semi-professional ensembles. Vocal ranges are typical, though occasionally extended.