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Prelude to a kiss [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Lyricist:
Gordon, Irving
Arranger:
Kuhn, Charles Eric
Gill, Roscoe, Jr
Nelson, Oliver
Physical description:
1 part (photocopy), 36 cm
38 copy scores, 32 cm
2 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
5 manuscripts, 32 cm
11 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
4 copy scores, 31 cm
3 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Copy scores
Holographs
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
1938
20th century
Notes:
An untitled piano vocal score is noted on the verso of the short score in Folder B. A part for "Solitude" is noted on the bottom of a part in Folder C, grouping ii. 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, worn, torn, tape.
Remaining items from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 73, 134, 166, 129.
Summary:
62 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Prelude to a kiss is contained in six folders consisting of 1 two page short score and 29 parts in Db Major concert, 4 parts in Ab Major concert, 14 parts in Eb Major concert, 1 published three page piano vocal score and 14 parts in C Major concert, and 1 part in G Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in identified hand (Jones) and unidentified hands (DE, BS, Whaley, Sanders, others?).
Folder A contains parts in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts in Ab Major for 1 reed - alto; trumpet; bass; guitar. Parts in Eb Major for 1 reed - Johnny; bass. -- (ii) Parts in Db Major for 3 trumpets - Cat, Terry, Nance; 1 trombone - Britt; bass.
Folder B contains short score in Db Major. Short score indicates parts for 2 clarinets, Paul, bass clarinet, baritone, 3 trumpets, trombone.
Folder C contains items in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts in Db Major and published piano vocal score in C Major. Parts for 3 reeds - Procope (2), Jimmy, Paul (2); 4 trumpets - Cook (3), Cat, Nathan (2), Herb; 3 trombones - Britt, 2, Butter. Piano vocal score lyrics begin "If you hear a song in blue like a flower crying for the dew ...". -- (ii) Parts in Db Major for 1 reed - Carney; 1 violin - Ray; guitar. Part for Ray appears incomplete.
Folder D contains parts in Eb Major for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3 (2), tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone; 2 trumpets - 1, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass.
Folder E contains parts in C Major and G Major. Parts in C Major for 4 reeds - alto 1, tenor 1, tenor 2 (2), baritone (2); 3 trumpets - 1, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, bass (2); bass. Part in G Major for bass.
Folder F contains parts in Db Major for 2 violins - A (2), B (2); 2 cellos - 1, 2.
Folder A, Folder B, Folder C, grouping ii, and Folder F 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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