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Lush life [music]

Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Physical description:
17 copy scores, 32 cm
5 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 28 cm
3 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
United States
20th century
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.
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Folder C, grouping i from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 290.
Fair, brittle, tape.
18 parts and an indefinite number of scores.
Lush life is contained in three folders consisting of 5 published three page piano vocal scores, 1 six page piano vocal score, 1 five page piano vocal score and 16 parts in Db Major concert, 1 part in Bb Major concert, and 1 part in F Major concert -- in ink and pencil -- in unidentified hands (BS, Whaley, Vigue?).
Folder A contains parts in Db Major for 5 reeds - Rab, Ben, Jimmy, Sears, Carney; 2 trumpets - Scad, Williams; 3 trombones - Tyree, Brown, Butter. Parts appear incomplete.
Folder B contains piano vocal scores. Lyrics begin "I used to visit all the very gay places ...".
Folder C contains parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Part in Bb Major for 1 reed - baritone. -- (ii) Part in F Major for 1 reed - Rab. -- (iii) Parts in Db Major for 1 reed - alto 1; 3 trumpets - 2, 3, 4; 2 trombones - Brown, Tizol. -- All items except Folder C, grouping i from the Duke Ellington Library.
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

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