I’m a little late to the party on this. Fine’s centenary was earlier this week, and I’m not particularly familiar with his music. This profile by William Robin in the New York Times seems a great place to start.
Fine continued down a winding musical path, never forsaking tonality. His best-known work, the 1955 “Serious Song” for string orchestra, is a searing and luminescent lament, more Barber than Berg. “I can’t follow any strict rules,” he once said. “Whatever they are, I’m going to break them. Music must sound. The most important thing is what you hear.”
I’ll be starting there.
(Via Do The Math.)