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It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Arranger:
Collier, Ron
Mathieu, Bill
Physical description:
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 35 cm
12 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
129 copy scores, 32 cm
18 manuscripts, 32 cm
12 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
1 copy score, 31 cm
2 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm
9 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 31 cm
1 copy score, 30 cm
7 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Holographs
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano conductor scores
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Manuscripts
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
1932
20th century
Notes:
Folder F also contains a letter dated 1960/04/08 from Bill Mathieu to Ellington giving rehearsal suggestions pertaining to his arrangement. A part for "Case of the blues" is noted on the verso of the manuscript score in Folder K. 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, tape, brittle.
Folder N from the Presentation Album, vol. D. All other items from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 33, 34, 35, 48.
Summary:
178 parts and an indefinite number of scores
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing is contained in sixteen folders consisting of 1 seventeen-page conductor score and 18 parts in a minor concert, 2 published two-page piano vocal scores in g minor concert, 1 one-page short score, 1 two-page piano conductor score and 23 parts in c minor concert, 1 five-page short score, 5 two-page short scores, 1 one-page short score and 112 parts in f minor concert, 14 parts in bb minor concert, and 2 two-page short scores and 11 parts in eb minor concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, BS, Whaley, Tizol, Mathieu, others?).
Folder A contains 1 five-page short score in f minor. Short score indicates parts for 5 saxes, Jimmy, Taft, Baker, Wallace, Sandy, Tizol.
Folder B contains items in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in f minor for horn; 1 trumpet - 1; 1 trombone - Butter (2). -- (ii) Parts in f minor for 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. Parts subtitled "Ending." -- (iii) Part in f minor for 1 trumpet - 4.
Folder C contains parts in f minor for 2 reeds - alto 1, tenor; 2trumpets - 1, 2; 2 trombones - 1/2. Parts for trombones are noted on the same sheet.
Folder D contains items in 3 groupings -- (i) Seventeen page conductor score and 1 part in a minor. Score indicates parts for voice; 6 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 1, tenor 2, clarinet, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass; drums; piano. A full set of parts was apparently intended to accompany this score - blank sheets with clefs and key signatures are included in the folder. Part for voice. Part does not include lyrics. -- (ii) Parts in a minor for 2 trumpets - 1, 4. -- (iii) Parts in a minor for 6 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, clarinet, tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone; 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass; drums; piano.
Folder E contains items in 3 groupings -- (i) Part in c minor (?)for drums. -- (ii) Parts in c minor for 5 reeds - alto 1 (2), alto 2 (2), tenor3 (2), tenor 4 (2), baritone 5 (2); 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2(2), 3 (2); bass (2). -- (iii) Part in c minor for 1 trumpet - 1. Part appearsincomplete.
Folder F contains 1 two page piano conductor score in c minor. Score indicates parts for saxes, bass.
Folder G contains items in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts in f minor for 5 reeds - Rab, Proc, Paul, Jimmy (2), Carney; 4 trumpets - Herb (2), Cooty (2), Cat, Merc (2); 3 trombones - Chuck (2), Brown, Buster. -- (ii) Parts in f minor for 1 trumpet - Cat; 1 trombone - Brown.
Folder H contains items in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts in bb minor for 3 reeds - Mallard, Johnny, Chauncey; 4 trumpets - Baker, Rex, Wallace, Ray;3 trombones - Tricky, Brown, Tizol. -- (ii) Parts in f minor for 5 reeds - Otto Proc, clarinet, tenor 1, Jim; 3 trumpets - Rex, Scad, trumpet; 4 trombones - Lawrence, Tricky (2), Tizol, Brown; violin.
Folder I contains items in 3 groupins -- (i) Parts in f minor for 3 reeds - alto, tenor, baritone; 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 3; trombone; drums; guitar; piano. -- (ii) Parts in f minor for 3 reeds - Rab, Proc, Carney; 5 trumpets - Taft, Baker, 2, 3, 4; 6 trombones - Britt, Tricky, Sandy, Tizol, 2, 3. Parts in this grouping appear to reflect different arrangements of the piece. -- (iii) Parts in eb minor for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone; 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. Part in f minor for 1trumpet - 2.
Folder J contains items in 6 groupings -- (i) Parts in f minor for 2 reeds - alto 3, tenor; 1 trombone - Brown. -- (ii) Parts in bb minor for 2 trumpets - Rex, Ray. Part in f minor for violin. -- (iii) Parts in f minor for 3 reeds - alto (?), tenor, baritone; 1 trumpet - Taft; 3 trombones - Wilbur Jones, Brown; 1 violin - Ray. Parts in this grouping appear to reflect different arrangements of the piece. -- (iv) Parts in f minor for 4 reeds - Rabbit, Nat, Jimmy, Carney; 3 trumpets - Ray, Wallace, Taft; 3 trombones - Tricky, Tizol, Sandy. Parts subtitled "Pathe." -- (v) Parts in f minor for 2 reeds - Toby (2), Jimmy; 2 trumpets - Scad, Cat; 1 trombone - Tricky (3). Parts in bb minor for 1 reed - Toby; 1 trombone - Tricky. -- (vi) Parts in f minor for 3 reeds - Rabbit, Jimmy, Nat; 2 trumpets - Baker, Wallace; 1 trombone- Tricky; bass. Parts subtitled "Intro."
Folder K contains 2 two page short scores in f minor. Short scores do not indicate instrumentation. Holograph short score subtitled "Intro." Manuscript short score appears incomplete.
Folder L contains 1 two-page short score in f minor. Short scoredoes not indicate instrumentation. Short score subtitled "Intro."
Folder M contains 2 two-page short scores and 1 one-page short score in f minor, and 1 one-page short score in c minor. 1 two-page short score does not indicate instrumentation. Short score subtitled "Ending." One-page short score in f minor indicates part for 1 trumpet - 5. Short score appears incomplete. 1 two-page short score indicates parts for Proc, Rick. Short score subtitled "Last chos." One-page short score in c minor does not indicate instrumentation and appears incomplete.
Folder N contains 1 published two-page piano vocal score in g minor. Lyrics begin "What good is melody, what good is music ...".
Folder O contains 2 two-page short scores in eb minor. 1 short score does not indicate instrumentation and appears incomplete. 1 short score indicates parts for sax, baritone, brass. Short score appears incomplete.
Folder P contains 1 published two-page piano vocal score in g minor. Lyrics as above.
Folder A, Folder D, grouping i, Folder E, groupings i & iii, Folder F, Folder G, grouping ii, Folder H, Folder I, grouping iii, Folder J, groupings ii & iv-vi, Folders K-M, Folders O-P from the Duke Ellington Library.
Topic:
Music
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
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