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Memphis blues [music]

Composer:
Handy, W.C. (William Christopher)
Lyricist:
Norton, George A
Physical description:
16 copy scores, 32 cm
1 manuscript, 32 cm
1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm
1 manuscript, 24 cm
Type:
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
1940
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.
Condition: fair, torn, tape, brittle.
There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 16, 220.
Summary:
16 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Memphis blues is contained in two folders consisting of 1 published four page piano vocal score in F Major concert, 1 six page conductor score and 15 parts in Bb Major concert, and 1 six page conductor score and 1 part in Eb Major concert -- in ink and pencil -- in unidentified hand (Whaley?).
Folder A contains parts in Bb Major for 5 reeds - Pro, Rab, Jimmy, Sears, Carney; 5 trumpets - Williams, Scad, Taft, Baker, Cat; 3 trombones - Brown, Wilbur, Jones; bass; guitar.
Folder B contains scores and part in Eb Major. Piano vocal score lyrics begin "Folks I've just been down, down to Memphis town ...". Conductor score in Bb Major indicates parts for 5 voices - soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass. Lyrics as above. Conductor score in Eb Major indicates parts for 6 voices - soprano, soprano 2, alto, tenor, baritone, bass. Lyrics as above. Part in Eb Major for piano. -- 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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