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What am I here for [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Lyricist:
Laine, Frankie
Physical description:
1 copy score, 34 cm
3 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
7 manuscripts, 32 cm
44 copy scores, 32 cm
5 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
1 copy score, 31 cm
2 manuscripts, 31 cm
1 copy score, 29 cm
4 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Holographs
Lead sheet
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
20th century
Notes:
Condition: fair, torn, tape, worn, stained.
Folder A from the Presentation Album, vol. W, p. 45. Remaining items from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 69, 111.
Summary:
62 parts and an indefinite number of scores.
What am I here for is contained in three folders consisting of 1 eighteen-page conductor score, 1 two-page conductor score, 2 one-page conductor scores, 1 six-page short score, 1 three-page short score, 1 lead sheet and 60 parts in Bb Major concert, and 1 lead sheet in Eb Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, Whaley, Jones, Tizol, others?).
Folder A contains six page short score. Short score indicates parts for Rab, Otto, Ben, baritone, Rex, Ray, Brown, Tizol, piano.
Folder B contains items in 7 groupings -- (i) Three page short score. Short score indicates parts for Proc, Rab, clarinet, baritone, trumpets. -- (ii) Parts for 2 reeds - Ben, Carney; 1 trombone - Tricky. -- (iii) Parts for 3 reeds - alto 1, alto 3 (2), tenor 4. -- (iv) Parts for 3 reeds - Rab, Paul, Carney. -- (v) Parts for 5 reeds - Rab, Proc, Jimmy, Paul, Carney; 3 trumpets - 1, 3, 4; 4 trombones - 1 (2), 2 (2), 3, Chuck. Several parts appear incomplete. Multiple parts may reflect different arrangements of the piece. -- (vi) Part for 1 trombone - 4. -- (vii) Conductor scores, part and lead sheet in Eb Major. Eighteen page conductor score indicates parts for Johnny, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones. 1 one page conductor score indicates parts for 5 reeds, 3 trumpets. 1 one page conductor score indicates parts for saxes. Both scores appear incomplete. Two page conductor score indicates parts for 5 saxes. Score appears incomplete. Part for piano. Lead sheet for voice. Lyrics begin "What am I here for living in mis'ry ...".
Folder C contains items in Bb Major in 5 groupings -- (i) Parts for 3 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, baritone; 3 trumpets - 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. -- (ii) Part for 1 reed - baritone. Lead sheet for unidentified treble instrument. -- (iii) Parts for 2 reeds - Johnny, Carney. -- (iv) Parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4, Carney; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 2 trombones - 2, 3. -- (v) Parts for 1 reed - Sears; 4 trumpets - Cootie, Herb, 3, trumpet (2); 3 trombones - Lawrence, John, Butter; unidentified treble instrument (guitar?); unidentified instrument. Parts may reflect different arrangements of the piece. -- All items except Folder A, Folder B, groupings iii, iv & vi, and Folder C, grouping ii 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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