Alec Wilder

Alec Wilder : A Bio-Bibliography

By (author) David Demsey , By (author) Ronald E. Prather , By (author) Judith Bell

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One of the few American composers to earn an international reputation in both classical and popular music, Alec Wilder (1907-1980) was a true innovator in every phase of composition he chose to pursue. In addition, his life and associations in the world of music, theatre, literature, and the arts make for fascinating reading, and his own writings in these areas are witty and insightful. His many hundreds of musical compositions, ranging from chamber and orchestral music, to opera and ballet, theatre and film, and art songs and popular songs, are documented and annotated here in an exhaustive catalog of works. Included are detailed performance information and cross references to recordings in a discography section and reviews and commentary in a fully annotated bibliography of writings by and about the composer. The book also includes a lively biographical sketch capturing the sense and style of the composer and his times, a summary of archival materials held at the Eastman School of Music, an appendix of awards, a directory of music publishers, a chronological list of compositions, and an index. It is hoped that this thorough compendium to aid in the growing scholarly and musical interest in Wilder will serve to expose his work to wider audiences, while also helping to ferret out missing or unknown manuscripts given away to friends and performers by the composer.

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 24mm | 639.56g
  • 01 Feb 1993
  • ABC-CLIO
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0313278202
  • 9780313278204

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DAVID DEMSEY is Associate Professor of Music and Coorinator of Jazz Studies at William Paterson College of New Jersey. His specialties include jazz study and performance, especially the music of John Coltrane and Alec Wiilder and classical and jazz saxophone performance. He has published articles on these subjects in the "Annual Review of Jazz Studies," "Music Library Association Notes," and "Saxophone Journal." RONALD PRATHER is Caruth Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, where his specialties include computers in music. He has published books on aspects of mathematics and computer science. His journal publications include a study of structured musical language in "Computers in the Humanities" and an article on Alec Wilder's popular songs in "The Musical Quarterly."

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