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Take the "A" train [music]

Composer:
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Arranger:
Wolpe, Dave
Physical description:
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 32 cm
1 copy score, 32 cm
10 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm
1 manuscript, 29 cm
1 copy score, 28 cm
1 part (photocopy), 28 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Copy scores
Holographs
Lead sheet
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano conductor scores
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
1941
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, brittle.
Summary:
12 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Take the "A" train is contained in two folders consisting of 1 two page short score, 1 published three page piano conductor score, 9 published parts and 2 parts in C Major concert, and 1 three page piano vocal score and 1 lead sheet in Ab Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, Williams, other?).
Folder A contains two page short score. Short score indicates parts for saxes, baritone, trumpets.
Folder B contains items in 4 groupings -- (i) Three page piano vocal score. Lyrics begin "If you want to go to Harlem ...". -- (ii) Lead sheet for voice. Lyrics begin "You must take the "A" train to go to Sugar Hill ...". -- (iii) Parts for trumpet; unidentified bass instrument. -- (iv) Published piano conductor score and parts. Piano conductor score indicates parts for alto, tenor, trumpet, drums, piano. Parts for 1 reed - alto 2; 2 trumpets - 1, 2; 2 trombones - 3, 4; bass; drums; guitar; piano. -- from the Ruth Ellington Collection.
Topic:
Music
See more items in:
Ruth Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 3) 1940-1991
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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