It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

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It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by Wallingford » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:24 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tST1YqPwVzw&t=56s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuFMCigH_mE

As a fifth-grader, my interest in classical music, and particularly, the orchestra, was all set in motion once and for all by starting clarinet lessons (I was a pianist too) and by this volume in a late-50s series of kiddie records which I'D immediately go to when we visited certain friends. I SO wanted my mother to get me a set of these, but by then the discs were unavailable. It wasn't until I was well into adulthood that I'd learned the composer of these 'specialty solos' of all the main instruments was none other than serious/pop composer Alec Wilder.

These are fetching little pieces that perfectly characterize the different instruments and perform the record's intended function. The solos are each given backing by ab small ensemble of other instruments--this was perhaps practical because the label knew that this record was only going to be played on small kiddie phonographs.

As you listen to this, you'll have to shlump your way through the words of a somewhat boring speaker. But I've a hunch you'll get a nice little reward with a little-known facet of one of America's quirkiest composers.
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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by Wallingford » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:28 pm

As a grownup I learned that these solos were performed by some of the luminaries among instrumentalists, including Mitch Miller on oboe, David Oppenheimer on clarinet, and Bill Bell on tuba.
Good music is that which falls upon the ear with ease, and quits the memory with difficulty.
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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by barney » Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:08 pm

I don't know Alec Wilder, and will listen to at least one of the links, thank you. But I'm always surprised at how inventive, clever and enjoyable Leroy Anderson is when I haven't listened for a long time - and, tbh, I don't listen to him for years at a time - and I imagine Anderson might be linked with Wilder in terms of genre?

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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by Wallingford » Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:28 pm

barney wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:08 pm
I don't know Alec Wilder, and will listen to at least one of the links, thank you. But I'm always surprised at how inventive, clever and enjoyable Leroy Anderson is when I haven't listened for a long time - and, tbh, I don't listen to him for years at a time - and I imagine Anderson might be linked with Wilder in terms of genre?
Anderson's forte was light music; Wilder's a lot more vague--he did lots of serious compositions, though always in a tonal and quite accessible manner. A collector could spend years--decades--finding the limited-circulation LPs of the serious stuff. An album of his pop/art songs was recorded in '81 by Eileen Farrell, which has Lance's full recommendation.

I should think a thorough investigation thru YouTube would provide a decent look at his range.
Good music is that which falls upon the ear with ease, and quits the memory with difficulty.
--Sir Thomas Beecham

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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by barney » Sat Mar 27, 2021 6:06 am

Good advice. Thanks

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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by maestrob » Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:08 am

Wallingford wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:28 pm
barney wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:08 pm
I don't know Alec Wilder, and will listen to at least one of the links, thank you. But I'm always surprised at how inventive, clever and enjoyable Leroy Anderson is when I haven't listened for a long time - and, tbh, I don't listen to him for years at a time - and I imagine Anderson might be linked with Wilder in terms of genre?
Anderson's forte was light music; Wilder's a lot more vague--he did lots of serious compositions, though always in a tonal and quite accessible manner. A collector could spend years--decades--finding the limited-circulation LPs of the serious stuff. An album of his pop/art songs was recorded in '81 by Eileen Farrell, which has Lance's full recommendation.

I should think a thorough investigation thru YouTube would provide a decent look at his range.
Speaking of rarities, here's a 2CD set that I picked up decades ago. I'm surprised to find it on amazon, but here it is. I haven't heard it in years, but it's got to be a collectors' item now:

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Also, there's this more serious example of Wilder's music:

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And, of course, the more famous CD of Eileen Farrell is available for streaming:

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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by barney » Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:50 pm

Brian, you're having a lend of us. Frank Sinatra conducts Wilder?
Congratulations on your photoshop skills!
What's next? Her Majesty the Queen sings Plainsong?
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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by diegobueno » Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:13 pm

barney wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:50 pm
Brian, you're having a lend of us. Frank Sinatra conducts Wilder?
I believe this is legit. It shows in how much esteem Wilder was held. The personnel includes Julius Baker on flute and Mitch Miller on oboe.

https://sinatra.fandom.com/wiki/Frank_S ... lec_Wilder
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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by maestrob » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:08 am

barney wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:50 pm
Brian, you're having a lend of us. Frank Sinatra conducts Wilder?
Congratulations on your photoshop skills!
What's next? Her Majesty the Queen sings Plainsong?
:lol:
If you can find that on CD, I'll give it a try! :lol:

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Re: It was ALEC WILDER who taught me about the orchestra

Post by Wallingford » Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:05 pm

ALWAYS loved that double bass solo from when I was a gradeschooler. According to Discogs, it was Frank Carroll.
Good music is that which falls upon the ear with ease, and quits the memory with difficulty.
--Sir Thomas Beecham

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