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Bessie [music]

Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 32 cm
1 manuscript, 32 cm
6 copy scores, 32 cm
3 copy scores, 31 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, worn, brittle.
Unsigned Ellington-Strayhorn composition.
Folder A and Folder B, grouping i from the Presentation Album, vol. Q, p. 3. Statement of responsibility taken from Music is my Mistress, by Duke Ellington.
10 parts and 1 score
Bessie is contained in two of one hundred fourteen folders for "Jump for joy" consisting of 1 three page short score and 10 parts in F Major concert -- in ink and pencil -- in identified hands (DE, Tizol).
Folder A contains short score and part. Short score indicates parts for sax, clarinet, tenor, baritone, trumpets. Part for 1 reed - Ben.
Folder B contains parts in 2 groupings - (i) Parts for 2 reeds - Otto, Carney; 3 trumpets - Rex, Wallace, Ray; 1 trombone - Tizol; bass. -- (ii) Parts for 2 trombones - Brown, Tricky.
Folder B, grouping ii from the Duke Ellington Library.
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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