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Wilder: Music For Winds And Brass / Schuller, Terkel, Et Al


Release Date: 05/31/2005 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 763   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alec Wilder
Performer:  Studs TerkelJohn HarmonSam PilafianDavid Taylor,   ... 
Conductor:  Gunther SchullerKevin MeidlRobert Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawrence University Wind EnsembleAppleton BoychoirWilder Brass Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Major works for wind ensemble and brass quintet by a “characteristically” American composer whose music is beginning to receive the recognition it deserves.,

Alec Wilder was a man of many parts, in every way unique and unforgettable. Always in coat and tie, possessing an almost Edwardian sense of courtesy, he lived a nomadic existence, traveling with most of what he owned in two suitcases. Enigmatically sophisticated to a degree impossible to describe, he could sit and talk to young children with a kind of innocent gravity, leaving them wide-eyed and attentive, then later he might blow bubbles down a staircase at a formal dinner party. Unspeakably well read, he would breeze through the London Times crossword puzzle (in
Read more ink), yet he never held himself above anyone, a genuinely humble man - albeit with no tolerance for pretension in anyone. As a musician, his discerning ears reacted immediately to a performer's style: a moment of his approval would remain a treasured memory for life. After all, he was revered by the likes of Eileen Farrell, Charles Mingus, and Frank Sinatra, and he really did know what was “right” and what was not. A composer of hundreds of songs and huge catalog of chamber music, Wilder created an oeuvre that is unusually diverse yet characteristically American. Categorizing his work has not been an easy task for musicians and critics, as it does not clearly “fit” into any one slot. That, along with his frequent use of popular and jazz elements and a penchant for writing lighthearted divertimento-like movements or entertainments, has often led to his being dismissed as not being a “serious” composer, while his craftsmanship and lyrical sentiment went largely ignored. In a society quick to put labels on things, he has been an enigma. While his music was championed by many of this country's leading performers during his lifetime, Wilder did little to further his own cause and shunned every opportunity to gain further recognition. Most of his chamber music was unpublished until the last years of his life. Now, nearly 25 years since his death, it is heartening to see new recordings by a whole younger generation discovering his music for the first time. This new Albany disc is just such an example.

REVIEW:

"Alec Wilder was one of the great 'originals.'" (Turok's Choice)

"The all star group...makes this music sound terrific..." (American Record Guide)
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Works on This Recording

1. Children's Plea for Peace by Alec Wilder
Performer:  Studs Terkel (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Gunther Schuller,  Kevin Meidl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawrence University Wind Ensemble,  Appleton Boychoir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Venue:  Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin (2002 - 2004) 
2. Entertainment no 1 by Alec Wilder
Conductor:  Robert Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawrence University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Venue:  Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin (2002 - 2004) 
3. Fantasy for Piano and Winds by Alec Wilder
Performer:  John Harmon (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawrence University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Venue:  Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin 
Length: 18 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin (2002 - 2004) 
4. House Detective Registers by Alec Wilder
Conductor:  Robert Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawrence University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin (2002 - 2004) 
5. Untitled Octet no 21 by Alec Wilder
Conductor:  Robert Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawrence University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin (2002 - 2004) 
6. Remember Me to Youth by Alec Wilder
Conductor:  Robert Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawrence University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin (2002 - 2004) 
7. Jazz Suite for Brass Quintet by Alec Wilder
Performer:  Sam Pilafian (Tuba), David Taylor (Trombone), Robert Levy (Trumpet),
Chris Gekker (Trumpet), David Jolley (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wilder Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: 1959 - 1980. 

Sound Samples

Children's Plea for Peace
Entertainment No. 1: I. -
Entertainment No. 1: II. -
Entertainment No. 1: III. -
Entertainment No. 1: IV. -
Entertainment No. 1: V. -
House Detective Registers
Octet No. 21
Remember Me to Youth
Fantasy
Jazz Suite: I. Trumpet Prelude (No. 1)
Jazz Suite: II. Nice and Easy Does It (No. 8)
Jazz Suite: III. Jazz Style (No. 8)
Jazz Suite: IV. Loosely Swinging (No. 4)
Jazz Suite: V. Jazz Style (No. 6)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Alex Wilder Brass July 13, 2012 By Robert B R. (Davis, CA) See All My Reviews "This is good example of Wilder's approaches to Americana music. The works have Roy Harris/Virgil Thompson feel to them, He spent time with EastmanRochester composers during the 1950s. The music is not derivative, but is easly defined in the context of the period. The music is well played and interpreted by Gunther Schuller.

I was pleased with my purchase - shipping and ArkivMusic invoice [nformation met my expectations."
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