William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, ca. 1967-68
Russo, William 1928-2003
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Columbia College (Chicago) Contemporary American Music Program
0.5 cu. ft.: 1 box
Russo stated that Duke Ellington loaned him the music in 1967-1968.
William Russo was the Director of the Contemporary American Music Program at Columbia College, Chicago. Active in music from 1947 until his death in 2003, he toured Europe as the leader of a quintet; lived in London, where he conducted the London Jazz Orchestra and worked with the BBC; and lived and taught in New York and Chicago. Russo was noted in the fifties as a composer of experimental music for Stan Kenton's orchestra and Third Stream Music for the Russo orchestra. He has been a trombonist, composer, arranger, and conductor.
Full conductor score, orchestral parts, and choral parts to "In the Beginning God," "Tell Me It's the Truth," "The Lord's Prayer," "Ain't But the One".
William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, 1967-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble