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By Philip Lambert

The song of Alec Wilder (1907-1980) blends numerous American musical traditions, resembling jazz and the yank well known music, with classical ecu types and strategies. fashionable and obtainable, Wilder's musical oeuvre ranged from sonatas, suites, concertos, operas, ballets, and artwork songs to woodwind quintets, brass quintets, jazz suites, and 1000's of well known 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 institution of song, his ascent throughout the ranks of the industrial recording in manhattan urban within the Thirties and Nineteen Forties, his flip towards live performance song from the Fifties onward, and his devotion overdue in his existence to the research of yankee renowned songs of the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century. The ebook discusses a few of his best-known song, reminiscent of the innovative octets and songs similar 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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Alec Wilder

 The song of Alec Wilder (1907-1980) blends a number of American musical traditions, equivalent to jazz and the yankee renowned music, with classical eu types and strategies. fashionable and obtainable, Wilder's musical oeuvre ranged from sonatas, suites, concertos, operas, ballets, and artwork songs to woodwind quintets, brass quintets, jazz suites, and countless numbers of renowned songs.

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Had begun to work with Dr. Watson on a new somewhat sex-riddled film about a butler who becomes sexually obsessed with a maid who has been temporarily lured to serve at a large dinner party. I looked, according to Mr. Wood, like a horny butler. Would I like to come up to the barn and try out for the role? This meant my meeting the great man, so naturally I agreed (though I knew nothing about acting or sex and was uninterested in both forms of exercise). I was hired, forced to shave off my mustache (a traumatic experience), work was done on the film, but it was never finished.

Brandt wrote pop tunes but needed a lyricist, and Wilder signed on because he was “so eager to become part of the song world” (Elegant Refuge, 22). Wilder wrote lyrics with titles like “Yes, Today? ” and “Life’s Just Funny That Way,” and he and his partner made the rounds of New York publishers hawking their wares. One of their songs, “Day after Day,” was actually published but then “just laid there like a dog in summer” (Letters I Never Mailed, 108). Eventually, however, their persistence paid off.

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