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By Philip Lambert

The song of Alec Wilder (1907-1980) blends numerous American musical traditions, similar to jazz and the yankee well known music, with classical eu varieties and strategies. trendy and obtainable, Wilder's musical oeuvre ranged from sonatas, suites, concertos, operas, ballets, and paintings songs to woodwind quintets, brass quintets, jazz suites, and enormous quantities of renowned songs. during this biography and significant research of Wilder's song, Philip Lambert chronicles Wilder's early paintings as a part-time pupil on the Eastman tuition of tune, his ascent during the ranks of the economic recording in big apple urban within the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties, his flip towards live performance track from the Fifties onward, and his devotion past due in his lifestyles to the examine of yank renowned songs of the 1st half the 20th century. The publication discusses a few of his best-known song, resembling the progressive octets and songs similar to "I'll Be Around," "While we are Young," and "Blackberry Winter," and explains the original combination of cultivated and vernacular traditions in his singular musical language.

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Starting in the mid-1930s, Wilder essentially lost focus on the varieties of concert music that had so impassioned him back in Rochester. Instead he devoted more and more attention to pop songwriting, as he had since parting company with Eddie Brandt around 1930. ”16 His lyrics in these songs are simple and direct and consistent with current songwriting practices. “Just One” is typical: A Just One Under the sun Gives me such devotion Just as deep as the ocean No wonder, I am in love. A Just One Under the sun To my heart keeps bringing Love that makes it keep singing Just One.

25 The trend especially flourished in 1939, in swing versions by the Raymond Scott Quintette of the first movement of Mozart’s C major piano sonata, K. ” Wilder remembers making swing arrangements of Bach’s Little G Minor Fugue (which “kept every note but had everyone play dance style”), Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante defunte,” Debussy’s “Golliwogg’s Cake-Walk,” and Kreisler’s “Tambourine Chinois” for the CBS radio show (The Search, 90; Life Story, 72; Letters I Never Mailed, 103). These efforts only enhanced his reputation for oddity and iconoclasm; they drew a “flood of perplexed letters” and “made the players very happy but elicited black frowns from the men handling the advertising account” (Letters I Never Mailed, 103).

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