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By Philip Lambert

ISBN-10: 025203760X

ISBN-13: 9780252037603

 
The tune of Alec Wilder (1907-1980) blends a number of American musical traditions, similar to jazz and the yank renowned tune, with classical eu types and methods. fashionable 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 important research of Wilder's track, Philip Lambert chronicles Wilder's early paintings as a part-time pupil on the Eastman university of tune, his ascent in the course of the ranks of the economic recording in big apple urban within the Thirties and Nineteen Forties, his flip towards live performance tune from the Nineteen Fifties onward, and his devotion past due in his existence to the learn of yank renowned songs of the 1st 1/2 the 20th century. The ebook discusses a few of his best-known track, reminiscent of the progressive octets and songs resembling "I'll Be Around," "While we are Young," and "Blackberry Winter," and explains the original mix of cultivated and vernacular traditions in his singular musical language.

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Nj XX XX Xj X X X X # Xj X X X X # E the swinging single reeds refuse to let it happen. Later, when the clarinet and flute play the same tune, it sounds completely at home in jazz style. By contrast, the next piece on the December 19 session, “A Little Girl Grows Up,” approaches the interplay from the other direction. Most of its gestures and rhythms sound more at home in a concert hall, starting with a series of stately chords in the harpsichord (Example 4a). This leads to a lyrical melody in the English horn and other passages with only occasional hints of popular idioms.

I don’t think I’m a masochist and, although I did have enough money at that time, I can’t believe I wouldn’t have been happy to get a little acceptance. (Life Story, 47–48) Wilder imagined that if he had persevered, “it might have turned me into a show writer, successful, probably” (The Search, 68). ” In any case, he was not destined for a singular career; he would never be just a show writer or songwriter, or just a composer of chamber music and art songs. Back in New York His mostly self-designed and self-administered basic musical education behind him, Wilder shifted his home base back to New York City shortly after the Haywire experience in 1933.

He had probably also heard, or at least knew about, Stravinsky’s appropriations of ragtime idioms in Ragtime for Eleven Instruments (1917–18) or Histoire du soldat (1918). Closer to Wilder’s octet conception was Milhaud’s La création du monde (1923), an orchestral score (ballet) replete with jazz-inspired syncopations and melodic inflections. 9 Wilder’s advantage was that he could approach the hybridization from either direction. As an experienced dance-band arranger, he could use a pop-style con- ception as a starting point and introduce elements of concert music, perhaps an elegant soaring melody or a rhythm that stays on the beat.

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