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Just a-sittin' and a-rockin' [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Lyricist:
Gaines, Lee
Physical description:
14 copy scores, 32 cm
2 manuscripts, 32 cm
7 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 32 cm
1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm
1 manuscript, 30 cm
7 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 28 cm
Type:
Copy scores
Holographs
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Manuscripts
Place:
United States
Date:
1930
1981
1945
20th century
Notes:
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.
Folder B from the Presentation Album, vol. D, p. 45. Folder D, groupings i & ii from the Mercer Ellington Library.
Summary:
31 parts and an indefinite number of scores.
Just a-sittin' and a-rockin' is contained in five folders consisting of 1 six page short score in D Major concert, 2 published two page piano vocal scores in F Major concert, 16 parts in Ab Major concert, and 15 parts in Db Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (BS, Tizol, Whaley, Sanders?).
Folder A contains short score. Short score indicates parts for clarinet, 4 saxes, Cat, trumpets, 3 trombones.
Folder B contains published piano vocal scores. Lyrics begin "I know I should go out, be seen here and there ...".
Folder C contains parts in Ab Major for 1 reed - Johnny; 2 trombones. Parts for trombone appear incomplete.
Folder D contains parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in Ab Major for 6 reeds - alto 1, alto, alto 3, Barney, tenor 1, tenor 2, Sears; 2 trumpets - 2, 3; 1 trombone - 3. Parts in Db Major for 2 reeds - Rab, Sears. -- (ii) Parts in Db Major for 2 reeds - Toby, Sears; 4 trumpets - Francis, Taft, Cat, Scad; 3 trombones - Wilbur, Jones, Brown. Part in Ab Major for 1 trumpet - 1. -- (iii) Parts in Ab Major for 2 trumpets - 1, Rex. Part in Db Major for 1 reed - Jimmy.
Folder E contains parts in Db Major for 1 reed - Paul; 2 trumpets - Cat, Baker. -- All items except Folder B and Folder D, groupings i & ii from the Duke Ellington Library.
Topic:
Music
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
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