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Philip Lambert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037603

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037603.001.0001

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Celebrations

Celebrations

Reflection and Reaffirmation in the 1970s

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(p.92) 5 Celebrations
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Alec Wilder
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Philip Lambert

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037603.003.0005

This chapter focuses on Wilder's last decade. His catalog of original compositions for instrumental groups, large and small, continued to grow, as did his collection of distinguished contributions to the popular-song genre. His interest in writing for the stage persisted as well. Still more pivotal was a new attitude of reflection and historical contemplation, both personal and professional, and a commitment to preserve his thoughts for posterity. He had always been a writer, but his yield had often been restricted by the dimensions of a postcard or a page of hotel stationery. In the early 1970s, he began to expand his literary medium and his scope in the direction of a comprehensive memoir. He found that he had a lot of stories to tell and insights to share, not only about himself but also about the music that stood at the core of his artistic consciousness.

Keywords:   popular songs, historical contemplation, memoir, artistic consciousness, original compositions

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