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Scorpio [music]

Williams, Mary Lou 1910-
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Physical description:
3 manuscripts, 32 cm
16 copy scores, 32 cm
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
United States
20th century
According to Father O'Brien, this piece is a part of Williams' "Zodiac suite." Parts for "All too soon" are noted on the verso of the six-page conductor score in Folder A. 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.
Unsigned Strayhorn composition.
Statement of responsibility from Father O'Brien, the executor of the estate of Mary Lou Williams. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 251.
17 parts and an indefinite number of scores.
Scorpio is contained in two of two folders for "Zodiac suite" consisting of 1 six-page conductor score, 1 twelve-page conductor score, and 16 parts in Db Major concert, and 1 part in F Major concert -- in ink and pencil -- in unidentified hand (Whaley?).
Folder A contains conductor scores, parts in Db Major, and part in F Major. Six-page conductor score indicates parts for alto, tenor, trumpets, trombone, bass, piano. Twelve-page conductor score indicates parts for alto, clarinet, tenor, baritone, 2 trumpets, trombone, bass, piano. Parts in Db Major for 2 reeds - alto, tenor; trumpet; trombone. Part in F Major for horns.
Folder B contains parts in Db Major for 4 reeds - Rab, Jimmy, Sears, Carney; 5 trumpets - Williams, Scad, Taft, Ray, Cat; 2 trombones - Jones, Wilbur; guitar. -- from the Duke Ellington Library.
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
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