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Why was I born [music]

Composer:
Kern, Jerome
Lyricist:
Hammerstein, Oscar 1895-1960
Physical description:
1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm
1 copy score, 32 cm
1 manuscript, 32 cm
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 31 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Copy scores
Holographs
Music
Piano conductor scores
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
1929
20th century
Notes:
A short score for "Smiling" is noted on the verso of the short score in Folder B. 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, brittle, tape.
Summary:
4 scores
Why was I born is contained in two folders consisting of 1 published four page piano vocal score and 1 two page short score in Eb Major concert, and 1 five page piano vocal score and 1 three page piano conductor score in C Major concert -- in ink and pencil -- in identified hand (DE) and unidentified hand (Whaley?).
Folder A contains piano vocal scores and piano conductor score. Published piano vocal score lyrics begin "Spending these lonesome evenings with nothing to do ...". Piano vocal score in C Major lyrics begin "Why was I born, why am I living ...". Piano conductor score does not indicate instrumentation. Score includes partial lyrics "I'm a poor fool ...".
Folder B contains short score. Short score indicates parts for alto 1, alto 3, tenor, chimes. -- 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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