Alec Wilder

Alec Wilder ( born February 16, 1907 in Rochester, New York, † December 23, 1980 in Gainesville, Florida) was an American composer of classical music and jazz works, ballads and teaching materials.


Wilder took off in the late 1930s his own compositions with jazz -oriented arrangements, whereby he used mainly woodwinds and harp, the Suite No.. 1 for Tenor Saxophone and Strings. He also wrote chamber music and popular titles such as I'll Be Around, but otherwise had only a superficial relationship to jazz. But His arrangements exerted a certain influence on modern jazz arrangers. Frank Sinatra was a great admirer of Wilder's music, whose real name was Alexander Lafayette Chew. Keith Jarrett used on several of its standards - plate sessions song material by Alec Wilder, the song While We're Young ( Live at the Blue Note ), Moon And Sand (Standards, Vol 2) and Blackberry Winter ( Silence ). Furthermore, Wilder wrote the lyrics for the song A Child Is Born and sat down in a book with the American Popular Song 1900-1950 apart.