Irving Fine was born in Boston, December 3, 1914. He received his B.A.(1937)and M.A.(1938)degrees from Harvard University where he majored in music and worked with Walter Piston and Edward Burlingame Hill. His advanced studies included composition with Nadia Boulanger in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in France. He returned to Harvard in 1939 as a member of the teaching staff and from 1947 to 1950 served as Assistant Professor of Music. He then joined the faculty of Brandeis University where he was Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Music and also Chairman of the School of Creative Arts. He was also a member of the faculty of the Berkshire Music Center and Tanglewood. He died in Boston, August 23, 1962.