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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."

145 - American Popular Song: The Songs of Billie Holiday (1977)
July 02, 2009 05:21 PM PDT
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From director Dick Phipps' Columbia, South Carolina lakeside living room it's Alec Wilder and Loonis McGlohon with another complete one hour episode of their great American Popular Song radio show!

This episode, number 21, originally aired on February 20, 1977 and features guest vocalist Carrie Smith

The Lady Sings the Blues written in 1956, Words by William Engvick, Music by Alec Wilder (see wilderworld 70)

Please note that although Loonis suggests - and Alec assents - that The Lady Sings the Blues was written "in honor of" Billie Holiday, Mr. Engvick has told wilderworld that the song "was completely made up and did not refer to her at all." Clearly the title was lifted from the famous biography of Ms. Holiday (as confirmed by Alec) but according to Engvick: "I didn't know that singer [Holiday] was called 'Lady,' and it was not about her because I never listened to her!"

wilderworld extends the Happiest of Birthday greetings to Bill Engvick, master of the "singing line," who today is 95 years young

144 - Looey the Local Locomotive (1949)
June 21, 2009 09:35 AM PDT
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Words by Ben Ross Berenberg, Music by Alec Wilder

This wilderworld episode is dedicated to the memory of Louis "Looey" Geller July 15, 1955 - June 13, 2009

143 - Woodwind Quintet No. 3 (1962)
June 10, 2009 02:19 AM PDT
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Composed by Alec Wilder in 1958

From notes by Samuel Baron:  "Quintet No. 3 is...energetic and angular in its outer movements but it has a characteristic Wilder tenderness in the second movement and characteristic Wilder whimsy in the Scherzo.  The original meaning of Scherzo is 'joke' and this particular Scherzo has a joke within a joke.  I refer to the section in the middle where the tempo suddenly doubles and assumes a rakish, strutting gait, not a little Chaplinesque.  Towards the end of the third movement and in the fourth movement again, there appears a thematic phenomenon not usually associated with the style of Alec Wilder - a twelve-tone row!  Dodecaphonic musicologists give careful attention!" 

142 - Friends of Alec Wilder Concert Highlights (2009)
May 01, 2009 08:46 AM PDT
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This year’s concert in New York was yet another rich and moving presentation of the varied musical talents of Alec Wilder. Here are some highlights from an afternoon of wondrous performances

All words and music by Alec Wilder except as noted

Movements I, III and IV from Suite No. 2 for Tenor Saxophone and Strings (for Zoot Sims 1966) and Movement III from Suite No. 1 for Tenor Saxophone and Strings (for Stan Getz) [see wilderworld 88] David Demsey saxophone, Billy Test piano

Evening Song (Soft Through the Woodland) from Hansel and Gretel; words by William Engvick; Kristin Parker and Adrian Li Donni vocals, Aaron Gandy piano

Nothing is Working Quite Right from Kittiwake Island [see wilderworld 80] words by Arnold Sundgaard; David Auxier, Michelle McConnell and Duane McDevitt vocals, Aaron Gandy piano, Mike McGinnis clarinet

Listen to Your Heart words by Engvick, Douglas Mountain words by Sundgaard; Mike McGinnis clarinet, Mike Fahn trombone, Sean Moran guitar

I'll Be Around singalong led by Jackie Cain, piano by Maria Dessena (pictured above)

The host was John Biderman. Thank you Tom Hampson, Judy Bell and all the Friends of Alec Wilder for continuing to produce these nourishing shows year after year

Alec Lives!

141 - Suite for Soprano Saxophone and Clarinet (1980)
March 26, 2009 02:04 AM PDT
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Composed by Alec Wilder

Paul Brodie saxophone, James Campbell clarinet

Transcribed from Suite for Two Clarinets written in 1976

From LP Paul Brodie and Camerata (Golden Crest CRS 4194) Fibre Sculpture "Enchanted Forest" by Rima Brodie

Recorded April 1980

"This suite exploits some of the similarities and differences between the sonorities of the clarinet and saxophone, heard separately and together. The first and second movements are in 4/4 time, the third movement is in 5/8, 3/4 and 7/8 time and is marked 'Freely'. The fourth movement is in a slow 3/4 time and the fifth and sixth movements are in 6/8 time"

Don't miss the 24th annual Alec Wilder Concert in New York City coming up on Saturday, April 4th, 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Church, 54th and Lexington. Among the performances will be saxophonist and author David Demsey playing Wilder's Suite No. 1 for Tenor Saxophone, aka Three Ballads for Stan (Getz) (see wilderworld 88) Tickets available at the door. See you there!

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