Sonata (1969), by Alec Wilder (1907-1980)

"Alec Wilder was a largely self-taught composer, although he did some study at the Eastman School of Music, which later awarded him an honorary degree. He was active in the American popular music scene of his day, working with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett. He is perhaps best known for his definitive work, “American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900–1950”. The Sonata for Bass Trombone was dedicated to the International Trombone Association."

Carl notes, "The are a couple of 'senior moments' in this movement - but then, I believe my AARP membership entitles me to a few of those now and then...."


"This movement had some real challenges!"


"The 3rd movement had some real challenges!"

"The stylistic markings of this particular movement have long baffled me when I worked on it with students. The movement is labeled 'Swinging, quarter = 120' (the only movement with any label), but then with a plethora of dots and strong accents that would seem to speak against that. And then, later in the movement, 'Swinging style'. Trying as many different approaches as possible, I feel that we finally got a logical take on the seeming paradoxes."