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    Description"Letters I Never Mailed: Clues to a Life", by Alec Wilder, in a new, annotated edition with introduction and supplementary material by David Demsey, foreword by jazz pianist Marian McPartland, and photographs by Louis Ouzer. Alec Wilder is a rare example of a composer who established a reputation both as a prolific composer of concertos, sonatas, and operas, and as a popular songwriter (including the hit "I'll Be Around"). He was fearsomely articulate and had a wide and varied circle of friends ranging from Graham Greene to Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz. "Letters I Never Mailed", hailed at its first publication (in 1975, by "Little, Brown"), tells the story of Wilder's musical and personal life through unsent "letters" addressed to various friends. In it, he shares his insights - and sometimes salty opinions - on composing, musical life, and the tension between art and commercialism.This new, scholarly edition leaves Wilder's original text intact but decodes the mysteries of the original through an annotated index that identifies the letters' addressees, a biographical essay by David Demsey, and photographs by renowned photographer and lifelong friend of Wilder, Louis Ouzer. David Demsey is professor of music and coordinator of jazz studies at William Paterson University and an active jazz and classical saxophonist. He is co-author of "Alec Wilder: A Bio-Bibliography" (Greenwood Press) and has contributed to The Oxford Companion to Jazz.


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    Title
    Letters I Never Mailed
    Subtitle
    Clues to a Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alec Wilder, Edited by David Demsey
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781580462082
    ISBN 10: 1580462081
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: BGF, AVH
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15800
    DC22: 780.92
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DNBF, AVN, AVP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Edition
    Annotated
    Edition statement
    Annotated edition
    Illustrations note
    15 black and white,
    Publisher
    Boydell & Brewer Ltd
    Imprint name
    University of Rochester Press
    Publication date
    01 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Rochester
    Author Information
    David Demsey is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University.
    Review quote
    (This) is an excellent book that may well rekindle a broader interest in the composer, a Rochester icon... The letters in Letters I Never Mailed were, of course, a literary device. Wilder hated writing about himself and used supposed correspondence as a way to discuss his life obliquely. For that reason, Demsey's introductory biography is helpful since it clarifies details that Wilder often left deliberately vague. The new edition includes one other welcome addition, the photos of Wilder's dearest friend, Lou Ouzer, the famed Eastman photographer. --John Pitcher, Democrat and Chronicle, Dec. 2005 In Letters I Never Mailed: Clues to a Life, Alec Wilder wanted to reveal himself, but not entirely. And so he left unidentified the individuals to whom many of the letters were written. The detective work of David Demsey gives us a much better understanding of the enigma that was Alec Wilder. --Marian McPartland, renowned jazz pianist, recording artist, and host for over 25 years of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz (National Public Radio) Alec Wilder was one of the great composers of modern times. He wrote a suite for me with concert band. Nobody could play the last movement. When I asked him about all the difficult notes in my part, he said, 'That's what you would have played if you had improvised!' In this new edition, David Demsey has been responsible for allowing people to understand some of Alec's equally mysterious letters, helping readers to better know one of my favorite people. --Jazz Trumpeter Clark Terry This memoir is as odd, curmudgeonly, imaginative, funny, and charming as its author, who was one of the glorious eccentrics of American music. First published in 1975, five years before Wilder's death, it has now been annotated by David Demsey, who has managed to identify almost everyone addressed by Wilder. WHOLENOTE