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159 - Piece for English Horn (1953)
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August 07, 2010 08:12 AM PDT
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aka Barbara

Composed by Alec Wilder

Performed by Mitch Miller on English Horn with Percy Faith and his Orchestra from the LP Music Till Midnight (Columbia CL 551)

wilderworld is saddened by the death last week of Mitch Miller at the great age of 99. No one was more important to the success of Alec Wilder than Mitch, who championed and sustained Alec and his music from day one

158 - Six by Bill Engvick and Alec Wilder (1968)
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July 01, 2010 05:13 AM PDT
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Words by Bill Engvick, Music by Alec Wilder

I See It Now, Ellen and I Like It Here sung by Jack Carroll

The April Age and The Lady Sings the Blues by Elaine Delmar from LP Elaine Sings Wilder (Columbia Records SX 6044 1966)

Lovers and Losers sung by Marlene VerPlanck

The full title of this LP, produced in a small quantity by The Richmond Organization, publishers of much of the music of Alec Wilder, is "Songs for Peggy Lee / Sinatra / Ella / Tony Bennett and singers like that..." Sinatra recorded I See It Now on the LP September of My Years (Reprise F-1014 1965), Tony Bennett has performed The Lady Sings the Blues

Happy 96th Birthday Bill Engvick!

157 - Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon (2010)
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May 24, 2010 02:55 AM PDT
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Composed by Alec Wilder in 1979

Paul Lustig Dunkel flute, Stephen Hart clarinet, Harrison Hollingsworth bassoon

Another selection from the 25th Annual Friends of Alec Wilder Concert on April 11, 2010

Recorded by David Litofsky

Photo by Lou Ouzer

156 - Sunday Excursion (2010)
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May 06, 2010 12:03 AM PDT
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Libretto by Arnold Sundgaard, Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1953

"Sunday Excursion has been written specifically as a companion piece for those operas, serious in tone but modest in length, which demand a curtain-raiser for their effective presentation. Serving, as it does, the function of welcoming the audience to the theater, it strives to achieve, through the character of its music and story, a lightness of touch and a friendliness of tone."

Performed April 11, 2010 at the 25th Annual Friends of Alec Wilder Concert by Aaron Gandy conductor, piano; Maria Dessena piano; David Auxier, Michael Batusic, Sara Delaney, Tessa Faye and Chris Vaughn vocals

Recorded by David Litofsky (thank you!)

155 - Love All the Quiet Flower People (1976)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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"

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