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125 - Welcome Home (1980)
February 16, 2008 02:06 AM PST
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Words by Judy Holliday, Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1976

From LP Mark Murphy Satisfaction Guaranteed (Muse MR 5215)

Photo by Lou Ouzer


124 - Suite for Trumpet and Piano (1972)
February 05, 2008 11:38 PM PST
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In four movements
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From LP Music for Trumpet (Golden Crest RE 7045); Robert Levy trumpet, Amy Lou Levy piano

Written in 1967

wilderworld recently asked Bob Levy about the Suite for Trumpet and Piano and its recording:

WW: How did the Suite for Trumpet and Piano come about?

BL: Forty years ago, when I was a kid of 24, I asked Alec if he would be willing to write a trumpet piano work for me. The result was the four movement Suite. He was very quick to do it and I was thrilled. It was the first piece he wrote for me.

WW: You’ve performed a lot of Alec’s music over the years. How does the Suite compare to other pieces you’ve played?

BL: I think the piece is very much like much of his chamber music. It is highly melodic, angular in nature with its large intervalic leaps, and leaves phrasing largely up to the performer. As with most of his works, the performer must bring more of themselves to fostering a "point of view" in terms of shaping the music. That's the essential thing with Alec's music in my opinion.

WW: What about the Suite to you seems written for Bob Levy?

BL: Perhaps the 3rd movement has had a special sense of having been written for me as it is quite bluesy in nature. Alec knew of my love for jazz and that may have influenced him. Years later I asked him about possibly setting a lyric to the rather haunting melody it has, but its range and form made it less accessible.

WW: Who is Amy Lou Levy?

BL: She's my ex-wife.

WW: Was Alec present for the recording?

BL: Yes, Alec was there at the recording session and actually attended all subsequent recording sessions I did of his music from 1974-1980 (see wilderworld 75). He was most enthusiastic and supportive. Often, when composers attend dress rehearsals or recording sessions the performers can become quite nervous and it's easy to lose concentration, especially if they are continually offering suggestions. Alec always just seemed pleased you were recording his music and his comments were always encouraging. I remember, with recording one of his brass quintets, when after a “take" we all were a bit agitated and wanted to immediately do another, better one. Alec came running in from the recording booth and told us, “That's it; that's the one! Don't you even consider doing another one!"

123 - I Got Big Eyes (1952)
February 02, 2008 01:22 AM PST
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Words and Music by Alec Wilder

122 - Ragtime Music (1961)
January 27, 2008 06:11 AM PST
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Composed and orchestrated by Alec Wilder

From the 1960 film The Sand Castle, produced and directed by Jerome Hill

LP The Sand Castle (Columbia CS 8249); Orchestra conducted by Samuel Baron

Ragtime Music, with the addition of newly-composed words by William Engvick, was recently published as the song Jam! in The Alec Wilder Song Collection Centennial Edition (see wilderworld 114)

121 - 'Tain't a Fit Night Out (1943)
January 20, 2008 07:45 AM PST
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Words by William Engvick, Music by Alec Wilder

Performed by the Four Vagabonds (Standard X-134)

120 - The Amorous Poltergeist (1947)
January 13, 2008 10:14 PM PST
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"'The Amorous Poltergeist' describes the mood of a playful ghost - an 'innocuous phantasm' - who haunts in a 'harmless, flippant fashion' - and who, having fallen in love, feels the futility of his ectoplasmic state, and the realization that his love can never be consummated."

119 - Timmy is a Big Boy Now (1950)
January 12, 2008 02:36 AM PST
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Words by Marshall Barer, Music by Alec Wilder

118 - The Baggage Room Blues (1956)
December 15, 2007 12:24 AM PST
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Words by Arnold Sundgaard, Music by Alec Wilder

Written in 1954

From LP Tom Kennedy On His Way (Golden Crest CR 3011)

117 - The Bowling Song (1942)
December 07, 2007 06:24 AM PST
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Words by Dort DuBois (aka Bill Engvick), Music by Al Alder (aka Alec Wilder)

116 - Sonata for Cello and Piano (1964)
November 20, 2007 01:41 AM PST
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First Movement
Second Movement
Third Movement
Fourth Movement

Written in 1961

David Soyer cello, Harriet Wingreen piano

From LP Golden Crest RE 7009

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