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135 - Kalamazoo for Kids
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September 25, 2008 01:13 AM PDT
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Two examples of Alec Wilder songs rewritten to make them more appealing to children

Kalamazoo to Timbuktu (see wilderworld 38) from Songs of Travel (Golden Record Library RL 9911 1959)

Song of the Sparrow (Golden R343 1956); see wilderworld 48

134 - Summer Rain (1963)
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August 21, 2008 03:27 PM PDT
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Words by Fred Hellerman, Music by Alec Wilder

From LP An Evening with Carol Lawrence (Cameo C-1077)

Written in 1953

wilderworld recently asked Mr. Hellerman, one of The Weavers of folk legend, about how his unlikely collaboration with Alec on Summer Rain came about:

“Summer Rain has the distinction of being the only song I ever wrote for which I didn't write the music. It's nowhere near being a ‘folky’ type song, but was written as a pop ballad. It came about, oddly enough, when I had read the comments at the graveside of the Rosenbergs by their lawyer, who hoped that the ‘summer rains fall gently on this spot.’ I was very moved by it and wrote a pop lyric around it.

“I gave it to my then-publisher who left it lying around on his desk. Alec Wilder happened to see it, loved it and asked if he could write some music to it. Being a fan of Alec's, I was terribly flattered and excited at the prospect.

“It's hard for me to say what I felt about what he did. As I said, I never before had anybody else write music for a lyric of mine and so I was quite taken aback by it, inasmuch as it was so far from anything I had imagined. But then again, I had absolutely no experience hearing what music someone else might write to a song of mine. I'm not sure what it is that I had in mind, but this was quite different. Not bad, but different.

“In any case, nothing ever happened with it. There was one record of it by Carol Lawrence on some cockamaymee record label. I think it may have sold less than 10 records and then zoomed into oblivion.

“I never knew Alec. I had casually met him several times but never got to know him, so I had to settle for admiring him from afar. But I'm certainly glad to have my name associated with him albeit in some small way.”

133 - Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra (1953)
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July 10, 2008 05:13 AM PDT
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Music by Alec Wilder

From LP Presenting Robert Farnon (London LL 812); Denny Vaughan, piano, with Robert Farnon and his orchestra

Recorded January 27, 1950

aka From Dawn to Dusk

132 - Wish Me Well (1965)
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July 01, 2008 03:23 AM PDT
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Words by William Engvick, Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1952

From LP Morgana King Winter of My Discontent (Ascot AM 13014) (see wilderworld 11)

Clipping from Down Beat Magazine August 13, 1947


HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL ENGVICK!! Well and writing at age 94


131 - Horns O' Plenty (1952)
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May 06, 2008 12:00 AM PDT
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Composed by Alec Wilder

Fourth of four movements

see wilderworld 14

130 - Hansel and Gretel (1958)
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April 28, 2008 12:12 AM PDT
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The second of two live NBC television productions to feature music by Alec Wilder aired on Sunday April 27, 1958 (see wilderworld 111)

Words by William Engvick

The Hansel and Gretel Song (Much Too Happy Dancing), Market Today, Men Run the World, Evening Song (Soft Through the Woodland), Morning Song, Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, What are Little Girls Made Of?, Finale

From LP Hansel and Gretel (MGM E3690). Performed by Red Buttons, Barbara Cook, Rudy Vallee, Stubby Kaye and Paula Lawrence

129 - In the Spring of the Year (1951)
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April 08, 2008 01:13 AM PDT
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Words by Lee Kuhn, Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1947

Sung by Lee Kuhn, piano player unknown

Yes, it's spring, so it must be time for the annual Friends of Alec Wilder Concert! If you're in the New York area, don't miss the 23rd annual concert this Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 3:00 pm. at St. Peter's Church, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City. Each year's concert features a wonderful array of artists presenting a wide variety of Alec Wilder material. Highlights from this year's program include a performance of the rarely heard "Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano" and a group led by Mike McGinnis playing "chamber jazz improvisations on popular songs." Tickets are available at the door. Be there!

128 - Entertainment No. 1 (1980)
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April 04, 2008 09:55 AM PDT
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Movement One
Movement Two
Movement Three
Movement Four
Movement Five

Written in 1960

From LP The Compositions of Alec Wilder (Golden Crest ATH-5070); Performed by the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble, guest conducted by Frederick Fennell

Photo by Lou Ouzer of Alec Wilder with the steel I-beam played in Movement Five of the premiere performance of Entertainment No. 1 in Rochester on May 1, 1961. Wilder's use of the I-beam was in response to a reviewer's criticism that he couldn't write "loud"

127 - Spring Magic (1946)
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March 21, 2008 01:08 AM PDT
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Words by William Engvick, Music by Alec Wilder and Bert Reisfeld based on a melody from the third, Nocturne movement of the String Quartet in D by Alexander Borodin

Recorded April 15, 1946

126 - Where is the One? (1949)
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March 17, 2008 03:42 AM PDT
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Words by Alec Wilder, Music by Eddie Finckel

Decca 24558

Dick Haymes with orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins

Recorded December 21, 1947

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