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Why was I born [music]

Kern, Jerome
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
Copy scores
Piano conductor scores
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
United States
20th century
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.
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.
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
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