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Summertime [music]

Composer:
Gershwin, George 1898-1937
Lyricist:
Heyward, Du Bose
Physical description:
6 copy scores, 33 cm
9 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
76 copy scores, 32 cm
16 manuscripts, 32 cm
6 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
2 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm
1 manuscript, 31 cm
1 copy score, 30 cm
5 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Holographs
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano conductor scores
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
1935
20th century
Notes:
A short score for "New York's my home" is noted on the verso of the short score in Folder F, grouping i. Parts for "Trees" are noted on the verso of parts in Folder F, 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, Wayne Shirley and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, torn, worn, tape, brittle, stained.
Folder E, grouping ii from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 22, 44, 315.
Summary:
109 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Summertime is contained in six folders consisting of 2 two-page piano conductor scores and 22 parts in bb minor concert, 1 five-page short score, 1 two-page short score and 7 parts in f minor concert, 1 four-page pianovocal score in c minor concert, 1 four-page piano vocal score in g minor concert, 1 four-page conductor score in d minor concert, 1 two-page short score and 2 published four-page piano vocal scores in a minor concert, 1 five-page conductor score, 1 four-page short score and 51 parts in e minor concert, and 1six-page short score and 29 parts in f# minor concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (BS, Whaley, Tizol, Williams, other?).
Folder A contains assorted scores. Two-page short score in a minor does not indicate instrumentation. Five-page conductor score in e minor indicates part for clarinet. Four-page short score in e minor indicates parts for 2 trumpets. Five-page short score in f minor does not indicate instrumentation. Published piano vocal score in a minor lyrics begin "Summertime an' the livin' is easy.
Folder B contains items in 3 groupings -- (i) Two-page short score and parts in f minor. Short score does not indicate instrumentation. Parts for 3 reeds - solo tenor, tenor 2, tenor 3; 2 trumpets - 1, Tiny; bass; piano. -- (ii) Parts in e minor for 2 trumpets - Taft, Scad; 1 trombone - Tricky; guitar. -- (iii) Parts in e minor for 2 trombones - Wilbur, Brown.
Folder C contains parts in 5 groupings -- (i) Parts in e minor for 3 reeds - Jimmy, Sears, Carney; 3 trumpets - Baker, Dud, Williams; 2 trombones - Tyree, Jones. -- (ii) Parts in e minor for 1 trumpet - Taft; 3 trombones - Tizol, Tricky, Sandy; 1 guitar - Guy. -- (iii) Parts in e minor for2 reeds - alto (2), tenor (2); trumpet (2); trombone; voice (2); bass; guitar. - (iv) Parts in f# minor for 3 reeds - Procope, Hamilton, Carney; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass. -- (v) Parts in e minor for 2 trombones - Brown, Jones.
Folder D contains items in 5 groupings -- (i) Published piano vocal score in a minor. Lyrics begin as above. -- (ii) Piano vocal score in c minor and part. Piano vocal score lyrics begin "Sweetest little fella' everybody knows ...". Part in e minor for piano. -- (iii) Four-page conductor score in d minor. Score indicates parts for 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass. -- (iv) Four-page piano vocal score in g minor. Lyrics begin "Sweetest little fella' ...". -- (v) 2 two-page piano conductor scores in bb minor. Scores do not indicate instrumentation.
Folder E contains parts in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts in bb minor for 1 reed - Pro; 1 trumpet - Nance; 2 trombones - Britt, Brown. Parts in e minor for 2 reeds - Rab, Pro; 3 trumpets - Wall, Baker, Scad. -- (ii) Parts in bb minor for 5 reeds - Jeff (2), Pro, Hamilton (2), Paul (2), baritone (2); 2 trumpets - Cook (2), Terry; 3 trombones - Tizol (2), Britt, Brown; bass (2).
Folder F contains items in 4 groupings -- (i) Six-page short score in f# minor. Short score indicates parts for 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, voice. Lyrics begin "Sweetest little fella ...". -- (ii) Partsin f# minor for voices - soprano 1, soprano 2, alto, tenor, baritone, bass. Parts have partial lyrics beginning "Don't know what to call him ...". -- (iii) Parts in e minor for 4 reeds - alto 1, tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone; 4 trumpets -1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass; guitar. -- (iv) Parts in f# minor for 3 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 4; 2 trumpets - 1, 2; 2 trombones - 1 (2), trombone; bass; drums; guitar; piano. -- All items except Folder E, grouping iifrom the Duke Ellington Library.
Topic:
Music
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
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