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Wilder, Alec (1907-1980)

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is American composer Alec Wilder.


Six Superlative Sources

· Balliett, Whitney. Alec Wilder and His Friends (Houghton Mifflin, 1974), 205 pp.

· Demsey, David, and Ronald Prather. Alec Wilder: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in Music, Number 45, Greenwood Press, 1993), 274 pp.

· Prather, Ronald, moderator. Alec Wilder Mailing List.

· Stone, Desmond. Alec Wilder in Spite of Himself: A Life of the Composer (Oxford University Press, 1996), 244 pp.

· Wilder, Alec. American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950 (Oxford University Press, 1972), 536 pp.

· Wilder, Alec. Letters I Never Mailed: Clues to a Life (Little, Brown, 1975), 243 pp.

Other Excellent Sources

· Alec Wilder Collection, 1939-2000. Manuscript and Archives Division, New York Public Library.

· Balliett, Whitney. "Alec Wilder: President of the Derriere-Garde," New Yorker 49 (9 July 1973): 36-40.

· McPartland, Marian. "Alec Wilder: The Compleat Composer," Downbeat 43 (21 October 1976): 16-17.

· Prather, Ronald. "The Popular Songs of Alec Wilder," Musical Quarterly 74, No. 4 (1990): 521-49.

· Stone, Desmond. "Suitcases Hold All His Possessions," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (1 August 1975).

· Tucker, Mark. "Behind the Beat: Songs by Alec Wilder (1907-1980)," Newsletter of the Institute for Studies in American Music 17, No. 1 (November 1987): 8-10.

· Wilder, Alec. Lullabies and Night Songs, ed. William Engvick, ill. Maurice Sendak (Harper and Row, 1965), 78 pp.

· Wilder, Alec. "Artist and Creator," Performing Arts Review (1969): 377-79.

· Wilder, Alec. "Rock -- Mass Hysteria or Mass Art?" New York Times (5 November 1972): II, 17-18.

· Wilder, Alec. "The Emporer's New Clothes," Allegro (December 1974).

· Alec Wilder Archive. Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music.

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