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The Blues ain't nothin' [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
7 copy scores, 36 cm
1 copy score, 35 cm
10 manuscripts, 32 cm
68 copy scores, 32 cm
2 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
2 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
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, and Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, torn, tape, stained, brittle. Folder A -- 3p.,folder B -- 29p. folder D -- 17p.,folder E -- 24p. folder F -- 6p.,folder G -- 12p.,folder H -- 10p. Folder A -- 2p.,folder B -- 17p.,folder D -- 3p. Folder A -- 2p.,folder B -- 8p., folder C -- 9p. folder D -- 3p.,folder E -- 6p.,. Folder B -- 23p.,folder D -- 9p. folder E -- 1p.,folder G -- 10p. Folder B -- 1p.,folder D -- 9p.
Copyright 1946 by Tempo Music, Inc.
Summary:
82 parts and an indefinite number of scores
The blues ain't nothin' is contained in eight of sixty two folders for "Black, brown and beige" consisting of 1 nine page short score, 1 one page short score, 1 sixteen page conductor score, 1 thirteen page conductor score and 65 parts in bb minor concert, 2 five page piano vocal scores, 1 six page conductor score and 17 parts in c minor concert, and 1 seven page short score in F Major concert (?) -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (ME, Whaley, others?).
Folder A contains part in c minor and short score in F Major. Part for voice. Lyrics begin "The blues, the blues ain't ...". Short score indicates parts for soprano 1, soprano 2, alto. Lyrics begin "Blues ain't nothing by an aching heart disease ...".
Folder B contains items in 3 groupings - (i) Piano vocal score in c minor. Lyrics begin "The blues, the blues ain't ...". -- (ii) Parts in bb minor for 4 reeds - alto 1, alto 3 (2), tenor 2, baritone (2); 2 trumpets - 3, 4 (2); 3 trombones - 1 (2), 2 (2), 3 (2); bass. -- (iii) Parts in bb minor for 5 reeds - alto 1 (2), alto 3, tenor 2 (2), tenor 4 (3), baritone; 4 trumpets - 1 (2), 2 (2), 3, 4 (3); 3 trombones - 1 (2), 2 (2), 3 (2); bass (3). Several parts appear incomplete.
Folder C contains nine page short score in bb minor. Short score indicates parts for 5 reeds, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass, voice. Lyrics begin "The blues, the blues ain't ...".
Folder D contains items in 4 groupings -- (i) Parts in bb minor for 4 reeds - alto 1 (3), alto 3, tenor 2 (2), tenor 4 (2); 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 3; 2 trombones - 2, 3; bass. -- (ii) 1 piano vocal score in c minor. Lyrics begin "The blues ...". -- (iii) One page short score in bb minor. Short score does not indicate instrumentation and appears incomplete. -- (iv) Sixteen page conductor score in bb minor. Score indicates parts for 5 reeds, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass, drums, voice. Lyrics begin "The blues ...".
Folder E contains thirteen page conductor score and parts in bb minor. Score indicates parts for 5 reeds, trumpet, trombone, bass. Parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3 (2), tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone; trumpet; trombone; drums.
Folder F contains six page conductor score in c minor. Score indicates parts for alto, tenor, baritone, trumpet, trombone.
Folder G contains parts in c minor for 4 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, baritone; 4 trumpets - solo, 1, 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3.
Folder H contains parts in c minor for 2 reeds - tenor, baritone; trumpet; trombone; bass. -- from the Duke Ellington Library.
Topic:
Music
Local number:
1988.3058.MM3047
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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