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By Philip Lambert

The song of Alec Wilder (1907-1980) blends numerous American musical traditions, corresponding to jazz and the yank renowned tune, with classical eu varieties and methods. trendy and available, Wilder's musical oeuvre ranged from sonatas, suites, concertos, operas, ballets, and paintings songs to woodwind quintets, brass quintets, jazz suites, and hundreds of thousands of well known songs. during this biography and significant research of Wilder's tune, Philip Lambert chronicles Wilder's early paintings as a part-time pupil on the Eastman university of song, his ascent during the ranks of the economic recording in manhattan urban within the Thirties and Nineteen Forties, his flip towards live performance tune from the Nineteen Fifties onward, and his devotion overdue in his lifestyles to the examine of yankee renowned songs of the 1st 1/2 the 20th century. The ebook discusses a few of his best-known tune, comparable to the innovative octets and songs comparable to "I'll Be Around," "While we are Young," and "Blackberry Winter," and explains the original mixture of cultivated and vernacular traditions in his singular musical language.

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1 Miller played oboe in the Mannes Concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in orchestras led by Fritz Reiner and Andre Kostelanetz, and in the pit orchestra for the first run of Porgy and Bess (1935). 2 As a studio musician with the CBS Symphony, he had been in the orchestra for Orson Welles’s infamous War of the Worlds broadcast in 1938. He was also a loyal and supportive friend who had helped Wilder get work as a dance-band arranger with CBS. Wilder called him a “roaring dynamo” whose “energy and enthusiasm comprise an irresistible force” and who “used to come to the Algonquin to encourage and prod me” (“The Tuxedo,” 31–32; Elegant Refuge, 72–73).

1934), were just the beginning of a lifelong interest in writing music for the stage. It was an abiding passion that had begun in his youth: “Even in the early years after my family had moved to Park Avenue in New York City, I spent all my vacations from nightmarish boarding schools attending every Broadway show I could scrape up the money for. Movies never attracted me as they did others of my age. No, I had to see footlights, live actors” (Elegant Refuge, 18). In the late 1930s and early 1940s, when he was not otherwise involved with octets and arrangements-for-hire, he pursued theatrical projects on several fronts.

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