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Classic songs of the American stylist.

Many people think Alec Wilder was our finest composer of American songs. This CD will give you the opportunity to judge for yourself. Alec Wilder was born in Rochester, N.Y. Largely self-taught, he came of age as a composer with the birth of the Eastman School of Music. His relationship to the school was a rocky one, though he was a regular during his student years, he never graduated. He was a composer who was at home with American music in the largest sense - from Broadway to Hollywood, popular or classical - and the idiosyncratic mixture of styles in his music makes it just as much an "American original" as that of his avant-garde contemporaries. The "President of the Derriere-Garde" as he was often called, he simply composed - and often composed simply - music of charm and beauty for the musicians who were his artistic partisans, giving little thought to the categories into which other people might place it.
Contents:
Alec Wilder, composer
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
The Colleen
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
The Rose on the Wind
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
River Run
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
Spring
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
Margaret
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
Easter
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
When I Am Dead, My Dearest
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
In The Morning
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
Definition
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano

Alec Wilder, composer
If You Are Happy
Valerie Errante, soprano; Ken Meyer, guitar

Alec Wilder, composer
Where Do You Go?
Valerie Errante, soprano; Ken Meyer, guitar

Alec Wilder, composer
The Olive Tree
Valerie Errante, soprano; Ken Meyer, guitar

Alec Wilder, composer
The Plowman
Valerie Errante, soprano; Ken Meyer, guitar

Alec Wilder, composer
Listen to Your Heart
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Alec Wilder, composer
Blackberry Winter-The Echoes of My Life
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Alec Wilder, composer
It's A Fine Day For Walkin' Country Style
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Alec Wilder, composer
Don't Deny
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Alec Wilder, composer
The Winter of My Discontent
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Alec Wilder, composer
Remember My Child-A Child is Born
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Alec Wilder, composer
The Wrong Blues-The Lady Sings the Blues
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Alec Wilder, composer
Moon and Sand
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Alec Wilder, composer
While We're Young-I'll Be Around
Valerie Errante, soprano; Robert Wason, piano; Aleck Brinkman, double bass

Review:
"Valerie Errante is a fine choice to handle the vocal parts. She's just as convincing singing in formal or jazz styles. Hers is a light, lyric voice with clear diction and sureness. She's authentically American in her sound and approach—a delight to hear." (American Record Guide)
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