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Something to live for [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Arranger:
Nelson, Oliver
Physical description:
1 copy score, 36 cm
5 manuscripts, 32 cm
45 copy scores, 32 cm
11 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
3 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 31 cm
9 manuscripts, 31 cm
1 part (photocopy), 28 cm
Type:
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Holographs
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano conductor scores
Piano vocal scores
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
1939
20th century
Notes:
A part for "Checkin' out" is noted on the verso of the two page piano vocal score in Bb Major in Folder C. A part for an untitled piece is noted on the verso of the one page short score in Eb Major in Folder C. A short score for "Azalea" is noted on the verso of the two page short score in Eb Major in Folder D, grouping i. A part for an untitled piece is also included in Folder H. 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, stained, tape.
Folder E from the Presentation Album, vol. F. Remaining items from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 117, 153.
Summary:
66 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Something to live for is contained in seven folders consisting of1 three page short score and 10 parts in B Major concert, 5 parts in A Major concert, 1 seven page piano conductor score in D Major concert, 14 parts in C Major concert, 1 two page short score and 5 parts in F Major concert, 1 twelve page conductor score, 1 two page piano vocal score, 1 six page short score, 1 three page piano vocal score and 10 parts in Bb Major concert, and 1 two page piano vocal score, 1 one page piano vocal score, 1 two page short score and 22 parts in Eb Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in identified hands (BS, Parker, Moten, Williams) and unidentified hands (Whaley, others?).
Folder A contains twelve page conductor score in Bb Major. Conductor score indicates parts for 2 altos, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones.
Folder B contains parts in Bb Major for 1 reed - Johnny; violin A/B (4); 2 cellos - A, B; drums; guitar; piano.
Folder C contains short score and piano vocal scores. Two page piano vocal score in Bb Major lyrics begin "I want something to live for ...". Score appears incomplete. Six page short score in Bb Major indicates parts foralto, tenor, trumpets, trombones, voice. Lyrics begin as above. Two page pianovocal score in Eb Major lyrics begin as above. Score appears incomplete. One page piano vocal score in Eb Major does not include lyrics. Score appears incomplete.
Folder D contains remaining short scores and parts in F Major andC Major in 2 groupiings. -- (i) Two page short score in F Major indicates partsfor clarinet, 4 saxes. Score subtitled "Intro." Two page short score in Eb Major indicates parts for 4 saxes, baritone, Baker, 3 trumpets, trombones. Three page short score in B Major indicates parts for alto, tenor, trumpet, Tizol. First page of this score is noted on the verso of the two page short score in Eb Major. -- (ii) Parts in F Major for 1 reed - Carney; 1 trumpet - Rex. Part in C Major for 1 trumpet - Rex.
Folder E contains three page piano vocal score in Bb Major. Lyrics begin "I have almost ev'rything a human could desire ...".
Folder F contains seven page piano conductor score in D Major. Piano conductor score indicates parts for saxes, baritone, horn, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, voice. Lyrics begin "I have almost ev'rything ...".
Folder G contains parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in C Major for 4 reeds - Otto, alto 2, Barney, baritone; 3 trumpets - Wallace, Rex, trumpet; 3 trombones - Brown, Tricky, Tizol; bass. -- (ii) Parts in C Major for1 reed - Otto; 1 unidentified treble instrument (guitar?). Part in Eb Major for 1 guitar - Guy. -- (iii) Parts in F Major for 1 reed - Otto; 1 trumpet - Rex; 1 unidentified treble instrument (guitar?).
Folder H contains parts in 5 groupings -- (i) Parts in Eb Major for 3 reeds - alto 1, Chauncey, Carney; 4 trumpets - Wallace, Baker, Rex, Nance 2 trombones - Tricky, Brown. -- (ii) Parts in Eb Major for 4 reeds - Rab, Jimmy, Sears, Carney; 4 trumpets - Cat, Taft, Ray, Scad; 3 trombones - trombone Brown, Jones. -- (iii) Parts in B Major for 4 reeds - alto 1, tenor 1, tenor 2 baritone; 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. -- Parts in A Major for4 horns - 1, 2, 3, 4; bass. -- (v) Part in Eb Major for 1 trumpet - Nance. -- All items except Folder D, grouping ii, Folder E, 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:
Archives Center - NMAH

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