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Take the "A" train [music]

Composer:
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Arranger:
Jackson, J. Calvin
Physical description:
4 parts (photocopies), 36 cm
10 parts (photocopies), 33 cm
8 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
140 copy scores, 32 cm
74 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
7 manuscripts, 32 cm
8 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 31 cm
12 copy scores, 31 cm
1 part (photocopy), 31 cm
1 manuscript, 31 cm
2 copy scores, 30 cm
8 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 28 cm
2 copy scores, 28 cm
25 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 27 cm
1 copy score, 23 cm
1 manuscript, 22 cm
Type:
Sheet music
Manuscripts
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Holographs
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
1943
20th century
1940-1950
Notes:
Parts in Folder N apparently represent complimentary arrangements done for a performance featuring both the Ellington and Basie bands. Parts for "Jewels' fans," "Rainbow," and "You do something to me" are noted on the verso of the short score in Folder A. A part for an untitled piece is noted on the verso of a part in Folder D, grouping ii. A piano conductor score for "Moon of Manakoora" is contained in Folder E. A part for "Patterson and Jackson" is noted on the verso of a conductor score in Folder G. 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, stained, tape, brittle.
Remaining items from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 3, 21.
Summary:
289 parts and an indefinite number of scores.
Take the "A" train is contained in eighteen folders consisting of2 two page conductor scores, 2 one page conductor scores, 1 nine page short score, 1 three page short score, 1 published four page piano conductor score, 1four page piano conductor score, 23 published parts and 130 parts in C Major concert, 1 part in F Major concert, 1 part in Bb Major concert, 1 nine page conductor score, 2 two page short scores and 101 parts in Eb Major concert, 2 published three page piano vocal scores and 1 three page piano vocal score in Ab Major concert, 2 nineteen page conductor scores, 1 two page conductor score and 26 parts in Db Major concert, and 7 parts in unknown keys -- in ink, penciland photocopy -- in identified hands (Benjamin, Sandiford, Jones, Fleagle) and unidentified hands (BS, ME, Whaley, Tizol, Henderson, Mullins, others?).
Folder A contains three page short score in C Major. Short scoreindicates parts for 4 trumpets.
Folder B contains 2 two page short scores and parts in Eb Major and C Major. 1 short score indicates part for baritone. 1 short score indicates parts for saxes, baritone, trumpets. Parts in Eb Major for 5 reeds -alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone; 2 trumpets - 1, 2; 2 trombones - 1,2; bass. Items in Eb Major appear to reflect a partial arrangement of the piece. Items begin at rehearsal letter "D". Part in C Major for piano.
Folder C contains items in 5 groupings -- (i) Nine page short score in C Major. Short score indicates parts for Rab, Sears, clarinet, baritone, Killian, 2 trumpets, Tyree. -- (ii) Parts in C Major for 6 reeds - Rab, Procope, Jimmy, Sears, Ben, Carney; 3 trumpets - Scad, Baker, Francis; 2 trombones - Brown, Jones. Parts subtitled "1". -- (iii) Parts in C Major for Rab, Procope, Jimmy, Sears, Ben, Carney; 4 trumpets - Killian, Scad, Williams, Baker; 3 trombones - Jones, Tyree, Brown. Parts subtitled "2". -- (iv) Parts in Eb Major for 4 trumpets - Dud, Williams, Scad, Baker; 2 trombones - Jones, Tyree. Parts subtitled "Ending". -- (v) Parts in Eb Major for 4 trumpets - Dud Williams, Scad, Baker; 2 trombones - Brown, Tyree. Parts subtitled "Ending".
Folder D contains items in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in C Major for 3 reeds - alto 1 (2), Otto, Carney; 2 trumpets - Nance, Rex; 2 trombones - Tricky, Tizol; 1 guitar - Guy. -- (ii) Parts in Eb Major for 1 reed - Otto; 2 trumpets - Baker, Wallace; 1 trombone - Tizol. -- (iii) Part in an unknown key for unidentified instrument. Part appears incomplete.
Folder E contains published four page piano conductor score and published parts in C Major. Piano conductor score indicates parts for sax, trumpet 2. Parts for 4 reeds - alto 1 (2), alto 3, tenor 2, baritone (2); 2 trumpets - 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1 (2), 2 (2), 3; 3 violins - A/B (5), C (2); bass; guitar (2). Parts for violin A and violin B are noted on the same sheet.
Folder F contains piano vocal scores in Ab Major. Lyrics for 1 published score and photocopy score begin "If you want to go to Harlem ...". Lyrics for 1 published score begin "You can give up pleasure driving ...".
Folder G contains conductor scores in C Major. Scores do not indicate instrumentation. Scores appear incomplete. Two page score subtitled "last 8 bars".
Folder H contains four page piano conductor score in C Major, andconductor scores and part in Db Major. Piano conductor score indicates parts for sax, trumpet 2. Piano conductor score appears incomplete. Conductor scores indicate parts for 2 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 3 violins, viola, cello, bass, drums, harp, piano. Two page conductor score appears incomplete. Part for 1 trumpet - 2.
Folder I contains nine page conductor score and parts in Eb Major. Conductor score indicates parts for 2 piccolos, 2 flutes, 4 oboes, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 5 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, drums, vibraharp. Parts for 11reeds - piccolo (2), flute (2), oboe 1/2 (2), oboe 3/4 (2), clarinet 1 (3), clarinet 2 (2), clarinet 3, bassoon 1 (2), bassoon 2 (2); 2 violins - A/B (2); viola (3); cello (2); bass (3); drums (3). Parts for oboes and violins are noted two parts per sheet.
Folder J contains parts in Eb Major for 3 reeds - clarinet 3, bass clarinet (2), contrabassoon (2); 5 horns - 1 (3), 2 (3), 3 (2), 4 (3), 5 (2); 4 trumpets - 1 (3), 2 (2), 3 (2), 4 (2); 4 trombones - 1 (2), 2 (2), 3 (2) 4; tuba (2); vibraharp (2).
Folder K contains parts in C Major for 3 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 4; 4 trumpets - trumpet, 1, 2, 3; 4 trombones - 1, 2, 3, 4; bass; guitar;piano.
Folder L contains parts in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts in C Major for 2 reeds - Procope (2), Jimmy; 2 trombones - Butter, 2. -- (ii) Parts for 4 trumpets - Cat, Nelson, Baker, Fats; 3 trombones - Brown, 2, Butter.
Folder M contains parts in C Major for 2 reeds - alto 1, baritone trumpet (2); 2 trombones - Booty, Jones.
Folder N contains parts in Db Major in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4 (2), baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. -- (ii) Parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor2, tenor 4, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3.
Folder O contains parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in C Major for 1 reed - tenor; trumpet; bass; piano. -- (ii) Part in Eb Major for 1 trumpet - Rex. -- (iii) Parts in C Major for 2 reeds - alto 3, Jim; 2 trumpets Herb (2), Cooty; 2 trombones - Tricky, Chuck; guitar. Parts appear to reflectdifferent arrangements of the piece.
Folder P contains parts in 4 groupings -- (i) Parts for 3 reeds -alto, tenor, Carney; trumpet; trombone (2). -- (ii) Part in C Major for 1 trumpet - 4. -- (iii) Parts in C Major for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone; 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass. -- (iv) Part in C Major for 1 reed - alto. Part in F Major for 1 reed - alto. Part inF Major is noted on the verso of the part in C Major.
Folder Q contains parts in 4 groupings -- (i) Parts in C Major for 3 trumpets - Mercer (2), Mullens, Nathan (2). -- (ii) Parts in C Major for 3 trombones - 1 (2), Tricky, Jones. Part for Jones appears incomplete. -- (iii) Parts in C Major for 2 trumpets - 1 (3), trumpet; trombone (2). Part in Bb Major for 1 reed - alto 1. Parts in an unknown key for unidentified instruments (6). -- (iv) Parts in C Major for drums, guitar.
Folder R contains parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in C Major for 5 reeds - Rab, Proc, Jimmy, Paul, Carney; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, John, Butter; bass. Part for bass appears incomplete. -- (ii) Parts in Eb Major for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone. -- (iii) Parts in C Major for 1 trumpet - 2; trombone. -- All items except Folder C, groupings iii-v, Folder K, Folder L, tenor 2 parts in Folder N, Folder Q, groupings i-ii, and Folder R group.
Topic:
Music
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
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