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Things ain't what they used to be [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy (musician) 1919-1996
Lyricist:
Persons, Ted
Arranger:
Jackson, J. Calvin
Physical description:
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 34 cm
3 parts (photocopies), 33 cm
39 copy scores, 32 cm
38 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
9 manuscripts, 32 cm
10 copy scores, 31 cm
1 manuscript, 31 cm
1 part (photocopy), 30 cm
2 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 28 cm
9 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Copy scores
Holographs
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
1943
20th century
Notes:
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, tape, stained, worn.
Remaining items from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 33, 54.
Summary:
111 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Things ain't what they used to be is contained in six folders consisting of 2 parts in C Major concert, 7 parts in Bb Major concert, 1 published two page piano vocal score, 1 published part and 5 parts in Eb Major concert, and 1 four page short score and 96 parts in Db Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, Whaley, Tizol, Harper, Henderson, others?).
Folder A contains parts in Eb Major for 1 reed - tenor; horn; trumpet.
Folder B contains piano vocal score and published part in Eb Major, and short score and parts in Db Major. Piano vocal score lyrics begin "Got so weary of bein' nothin' ...". Published part for piano. Short score indicates parts for altos, tenor, baritone, trumpets, trombones. Short score appears incomplete. Parts in Db Major for 4 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor, baritone; piano.
Folder C contains parts in 4 groupings -- (i) Parts in Bb Major for 3 reeds - Otto, Chauncey, Carney; 1 trumpet - Wallace; 3 trombones - Tricky, Brown, Tizol. Parts subtitled "Intro." -- (ii) Parts in Db Major for 1 reed - Otto (2); 2 trumpets - Wally, Ray; 1 trombone - Brown (2). -- (iii) Parts in Db Major for 4 horns - 1, 2, 3, 4; bass; voice. Part for voice does not include lyrics. -- (iv) Parts in Db Major for 5 reeds - Proc, alto 2, tenor 1, tenor 2, tenor 3; 4 trumpets - Shorty, 2, 3, 4; 2 trombones - 2, 3.
Folder D contains parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in Db Major for 2 reeds - Proc, baritone; 5 trumpets - 1, 2, Nathan, Cooty, Herb (2); 1 trombone - Jones; bass. Parts appear to reflect different arrangements of the piece. -- (ii) Parts in Eb Major for 2 reeds - alto, baritone. -- (iii) Parts in C Major (?) for unidentified bass instrument (trombone?); unidentified instrument. Part for unidentified instrument appears incomplete.
Folder E contains parts in Db Major for 11 reeds - piccolo (2), flute, oboe 1, oboe 2, clarinet 1, clarinet 2, clarinet 3, bass clarinet, bassoon 1, bassoon 2, contrabassoon; 4 horns - 1, 2, 3, 5; 3 trumpets - 1 (2), 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; tuba; 2 violins - A/B (2); viola (2); cello (2); bass (2); drums; vibraharp.
Folder F contains parts in Db Major for 5 reeds - Rab, Otto (2), Jimmie (2), Sears, Carney (2); 5 trumpets - Taft, Scad (2), Anderson, Ray, Cooty; 4 trombones - Jones (3), Tricky, Brown (4); Butter (2). -- All items except trumpet part in Folder A, part for Otto in Folder C, grouping ii, Folder D, grouping i, 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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