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Orson [music]

Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Uniform title:
Deep south suite
Physical description:
24 copy scores, 32 cm
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
Short scores
United States
20th century
Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, torn, brittle, tape.
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Folder A from the Presentation Album, vol. T, p. 5. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 119.
23 parts and 1 score
Orson is contained in two of eighteen folders for "Deep south suite" consisting of 1 four page short score and 15 parts in G Major concert, and 8 parts in F Major concert -- in ink -- in unidentified hands (Sanders, Whaley, Tizol, Mullens?).
Folder A contains short score. Short score indicates parts for solo trumpet, solo trombone, trombones.
Folder B contains parts in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts in G Major for 5 reeds - Pro, Willie, Hamilton, Paul, Rick; 4 trumpets - Anderson, Baker, Nelson, Nance; 3 trombones - Tizol (2), Britt (2), 3; bass. Some parts appear incomplete. -- (ii) Parts in F Major for 1 reed - Otto; 4 trumpets - Wallace, Ray, Rex, Baker; 3 tromboes - Tricky, Brown, Tizol. Parts subtitled "No. I."
Folder B from the Duke Ellington Library.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

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