Folder also contains brief narrative passages, apparently intended to introduce the piece. William Grant Still apparently scored several works for Willard Robison in addition to this piece. 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, brittle.
Short score is dated 1931/01. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 12.
15 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Sepia sorrow song is contained in one folder consisting of 1 thirty four page short score, 1 eight page piano vocal score, 1 six page piano vocal score, 1 five page piano vocal score, 1 lead sheet and 14 parts in f minor concert, and 1 seven page piano vocal score in g minor concert -- in ink and pencil -- in unidentified hands (Still, others?).
Conductor score indicates parts for 3 clarinets, trumpets, 3 violins, viola, cello, bass, drums, 2 pianos, voice. Lyrics begin "Nobody but the Good Lawd can know what's in store for tomorrow ...". Eight page piano vocal score and six page piano vocal score lyrics begin as above. Five page piano vocal score lyrics begin "Down in my soul deys heavy sorrow ...". Lead sheet for voice. Lyrics begin "Nobody but the Good Lawd ...". Parts for 3 reeds - clarinet 1, clarinet 2, bass clarinet; 3 trumpets - A, B, C; 3 violins - A (2), B, C; viola; cello; bass; drums. Seven page piano vocal score in g minor lyrics begin "Down in my soul ...". -- from the Duke Ellington Library.