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I can't get started [music]

Duke, Vernon 1903-1969
Gershwin, Ira
Physical description:
4 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
13 copy scores, 32 cm
2 manuscripts, 32 cm
1 copy score, 28 cm
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
Piano conductor scores
Short scores
United States
20th century
An untitled part is noted on the verso of the part for Guy in Folder C, grouping i. Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, torn.
Unsigned Strayhorn composition.
Statement of responsibility taken from Popular Music, 1920-1979, ed. Nat Shapiro.
17 parts and an indefinite number of scores
I can't get started is contained in three folders consisting of 1 one page short score in Db Major concert, 1 two page piano conductor score in Ab Major concert, 1 two page short score and 8 parts in C Major concert, and 9 parts in G Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, BS, Whaley, other?).
Folder A contains short scores in Db Major and C Major. Short score in Db Major does not indicate instrumentation and appears incomplete. Short score in C Major indicates parts for Rab, sax, baritone, trumpets, piano, bass.
Folder B contains piano conductor score in Ab Major. Score does not indicate parts.
Folder C contains parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in C Major for 2 trumpets - Rex, Wallace; 1 trombone - Brown; guitar - Guy. -- (ii) Parts in C Major for 1 reed - Sears; 2 trumpets - Cat, Scad; 1 trombone - Tricky. -- (iii) Parts in G Major for 4 reeds - Otto, Ben, Chauncey, Carney; 3 trumpets - Wally, Rex, Ray; 2 trombones - Brown, Tricky. -- from the Duke Ellington Library.
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
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