Alec Wilder YouTube Video of “Slow Dance”

Hey, we’ve just moved into our new house in Hurst, Texas and are busy as a Buzzz Bee.

While we were in the process of moving, I received a really great email from the Alec Wilder Yahoo Group. (If you aren’t familiar with Alec Wilder’s music for clarinet, check it out! His clarinet sonata and trio for clarinet, horn and piano are especially good.) The email had the below YouTube video to Alec Wilder’s Slow Dance.

This recording was from a World War II era V-Disc. The original recording was done on December 10, 1945 with Frank Sinatra conducting. Yes, that right! Frank Sinatra conducting!  Slow Dance was later released on the album, Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder.

There is some very nice clarinet playing on the recording.  Sound like two and maybe three clarinetists. Wikipedia lists clarinetists Jimmy Carroll, Reggie Merrill and Toots Mondello as possibly on the recording.

ClarinetMike says, “Check out this video and the clarinet music of Alec Wilder.”

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Canada, Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2019. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. Dr. Dean has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and he's also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, the Internet’s #1 clarinet blog read in 150 countries on 6 continents: After a successful 25 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, and Bob Ackerman. His web page,, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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