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155 - Love All the Quiet Flower People (1976)
March 15, 2010 01:54 AM PDT
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Words and Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1968

Sung by Marlene VerPlanck with the Loonis McGlohon Trio (see wilderworld 107) From LP JJA Presents the Music of Alec Wilder (JJA 19795B 1979)

Originally recorded for the American Popular Song radio program

Ms. VerPlanck (pictured above) will be the Host of the 25th annual Friends of Alec Wilder Concert in New York on Sunday, April 11 at 3 pm at the Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street. This year's program will include performances of the Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon and the one-act opera Sunday Excursion. Tickets will be available at the door

154 - Suite for Piano (1974)
February 17, 2010 03:13 AM PST
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Composed by Alec Wilder

From LP Barry Snyder Piano (Golden Crest RE-7058)

"Until Barry Snyder played the pieces he has recorded here, I had never heard them. I wrote them for a friend who though I'm sure was grateful and even enthusiastic about my having written them for her, never got around to performing them.

"A number of years have elapsed since I wrote them, along with perhaps thirty others. So by the time I finally heard them, I had concluded they were inadequate and unworthy of performance.

"I'm still uncertain of their validity but when I hear Mr. Snyder play them, he does so with such extraordinary tenderness, strength, acuity and maturity that at least while he is playing them I do believe in their validity.

"It is a great honor and I am particularly delighted that he has recorded these pieces. For now, when my self-confidence drops to a new low I can quickly put this record on and regain quite a bit of it."

Photo by Lou Ouzer

Happy 103rd Birthday Alec Wilder!!

153 - Whippa Whippa Woo (1950)
January 09, 2010 09:54 AM PST
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Words by William Webster aka Marshall Barer, Music by Conrad Miller aka Alec Wilder

Issued as Columbia 39001

Recorded September 1950

152 - The Reindeers' Dance and Pull Together (1952)
December 24, 2009 02:26 AM PST
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The Reindeers' Dance Music by Alec Wilder (Golden LGR2B)

Pull Together Words by Marshall Barer, Music by Alec Wilder (Golden LGR3F)

151 - Ready to Go Steady (1947)
November 17, 2009 02:14 AM PST
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Words by Alec Wilder, Music by Eddie Finckel

Recorded August 1946

"The pert rhythm harmonies of the De Marco Sisters spin out with much attraction for the tuneful riff rhythm ditty, Ready to Go Steady, with plenty of bounce quality to both the lyrical blend and the instrumental beat of the studio men, directed by Phil Davis." -Record Review, The Billboard, February 1, 1947

150 - Nonet for Brass (1970)
October 10, 2009 11:00 PM PDT
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Composed by Alec Wilder

1st Moderate
2nd Song
3rd With Good Humor
4th Swing A Little

From Mirafone presents Deskants and Tubens, featuring Members of the Horn Club of Los Angeles (Mirafone SZB-3216 7" for demonstration only, excerpted from LP Angel S-36036) Conducted by Gunther Schuller

"Wilder's Nonet for Brass was composed in the spring, 1969. Direct and to the point, it readily invites listening of the most pleasurable kind. It has been described as a spectacular tour de force for the instruments, including two 'descant' (high F) horns, two normal French Horns, four Wagner Tubens and bass tuba"

149 - The Owl and the Pussycat (1949)
September 26, 2009 09:02 AM PDT
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Words by Edward Lear, Music by Alec Wilder

From LP Puff the magic dragon and Other Songs (Golden LP 149) Originally issued as Little Golden Record 25, featuring Anne Lloyd, Mitchell Miller and Orchestra

When visiting Children's Fairyland in Oakland, California, be sure to insert your Magic Key in the Storybook Box at the Owl and the Pussycat attraction to hear this recording of Alec Wilder's The Owl and the Pussycat

Pictured above: The Turkey who Lives on the Hill and friends

148 - Where Do You Go? (1961)
September 15, 2009 11:42 AM PDT
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Words by Arnold Sundgaard, Music by Alec Wilder (see wilderworld 91)

From LP Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson Two's Company (Roulette R-52068) Connor vocal, Ferguson trumpet

Recorded December 22, 1960

R.I.P. Chris Connor, the wonderful singer who died on August 28 at the age of 81. Ms. Connor also recorded masterful renditions of The Lady Sings the Blues (see wilderworld 70) and Trouble is a Man

Pictured above: Wilder writings found on the back of a folded up letter circa 1940s

147 - I'll Be Around (1959)
August 26, 2009 08:36 AM PDT
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Words and Music by Alec Wilder

Perhaps the only version of this oft-recorded song to include an opening verse (not composed by Wilder)

See wilderworld 73

“The Castaleers
*** I’ll Be Around – Felsted 8585 –
Okay reading of the old Mills Brothers hit.
Some coin possible. (Regent, BMI)”
-Billboard Reviews of New Pop Records, August 24, 1959

146 - Station Breaks (1957)
July 25, 2009 02:43 AM PDT
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Elegie to a Pet Robin
Aire for Trumpet
Rock Without Rollin'
A Dream Takes Only a Minute

Written and scored by Alec Wilder

From LP Station Breaks (Golden Crest CR 3034), conducted by Jack Zimmermann

"Station Breaks--One Minute Spots--were planned originally as a professional music service to disk jockeys. All of the original compositions in this album are precisely 60 seconds in length. They were especially written to be used as musical 'fillers' when needed to complete a segment of air time on a radio program. There are times when even the most glib disk jockey finds himself at a loss for words and is delighted to be helped out by dependable compositions such as these."

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