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Lullaby of birdland [music]

Shearing, George
Forster, B. Y
Physical description:
22 copy scores, 32 cm
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
United States
20th century
A part for an untitled piece is noted on the verso of the bass part in grouping i. A part for "Lullaby of Broadway" is noted on the verso of the trumpet 1 part in grouping ii. A part for "Put-tin" is noted on the verso of the part in grouping iii. 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, brittle, torn, tape.
Unsigned Strayhorn composition.
Statement of responsibility taken from Popular Music, 1920-1979, ed. Nat Shapiro. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 77.
22 parts
Lullaby of birdland is contained in one folder consisting of 22 parts in a minor concert (?) -- in ink -- in identified hands (Whaley, Benjamin, Jones).
Parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts for 3 reeds - Procope, Paul, Harry; 4 trumpets - 2, 3 (?), Cat, Herb; 2 trombones - Lawrence, Butter; bass. Most parts begin at rehearsal letter "G". -- (ii) Parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, Paul, Jimmy, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 1 trombone - 3; bass. Most parts stop at rehearsal letter "G". It appears from the trombone parts in grouping i that the partial parts were intended to form a complete arrangement of the piece, despite being in different hands. -- (iii) Part for unidentified treble instrument. Part begins at rehearsal letter "G". -- from the Duke Ellington Library.
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