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Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder
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General information
Release date(s)
January 18, 1995
1962 - 1979
Record Label
Product code
Track information
Total tracks
4 / 5 [1]
Alternate cover art

Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder is an album that Frank Sinatra recorded under Columbia Records in 1939 through 1945. Chronologically, it is the second studio album released by Frank Sinatra.

The album features Sinatra conducting an orchestra to the music of, as the title suggests, Alec Wilder. Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder was initially released under Columbia in 1946[2] but has been followed by multiple releases in 1976 and 1995.[3]


Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder is Sinatra's first hand at conducting music. One arbitrary note about this album, is that regardless of Sinatra not able to read sheet music[4] and having never conducted before, Sinatra aspired to learn how to play this music. Sinatra, in his beginnings as a singer, enjoyed listening to the songs of Alec Wilder while hanging around backstage at clubs or theatres, and eventually decided that that would be the basis for his initial conducting album.

Recording dates[]

  • Tracks 1, 2 and 3 were recorded December 5, 1945.
  • Tracks 4, 5 and 6 were recorded December 10, 1945.
  • Tracks 7 was recorded March 31, 1939.
  • Tracks 8 and 9 were recorded June 13, 1939.
  • Tracks 10, 11 and 13 were recorded July 17, 1940.
  • Tracks 12 was recorded August 7, 1940.

Track listing[]

All songs initially composed and written by Alec Wilder.
  1. "Air for Oboe" (Soloist, Mitch Miller) – 3:35
  2. "Air for Bassoon" (Soloist, Harold Goltzer) – 4:34
  3. "Air for Flute" (Soloist, Julius Baker) – 4:33
  4. "Air for English Horn" (Soloist, Mitch Miller) – 3:57
  5. "Slow Dance" – 4:06
  6. "Theme and Variations" – 4:11
  7. "Such a Tender Night" – 3:05
  8. "She'll Be Seven in May" – 2:59
  9. "It's Silk, Feel It!" – 2:31
  10. "Seldon the Sun" – 3:16
  11. "Her Old Man Was Suspicious" – 2:24
  12. "His First Long Pants" – 2:37
  13. "Pieces of Eight" – 2:26


Richard S. Ginell of Allmusic enjoyed the album. Ginell claimed that Sinatra's "baton technique was no worse than those of most of the great arrangers he employed," and that the selections of the album "are lovely, wistful pieces that fall in between the cracks of classical music." The album scored a four out of five stars.[1]


Julius Baker Flute
Frank Carroll Unknown Contributor Role
Jimmy Carroll Unknown Contributor Role
Columbia String Orchestra Orchestra
Harold Goltzer Bassoon
Walter Gross Unknown Contributor Role
Goddard Lieberson Liner Notes
Reggie Merrill Unknown Contributor Role
Mitch Miller Guest Artist, Horn (English), Oboe
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Unknown Contributor Role
Eddie Powell Unknown Contributor Role
Frank Sinatra Conductor, Primary Artist, Vocals
Alec Wilder Composer, Ensemble
Alec Wilder Octet Primary Artist