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Ebony rhapsody [music]

Composer:
Johnston, Arthur
Coslow, Sam
Uniform title:
Murder at the Vanities
Physical description:
1 manuscript, 35 cm
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 32 cm
8 manuscripts, 32 cm
1 part (photocopy), 28 cm
1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 28 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Holographs
Lead sheet
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano conductor scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
1934
20th century
Other title:
Rhapsodie
Rhapsody
Ebony
Notes:
Part for Cooty in Folder A, grouping iii (photocopy) is originally noted on the bottom of a part for "Old story." A part for an untitled piece is also contained in Folder C. Additional materials for this piece are contained in "Murder at the Vanities scores," grouping ii. 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.
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Folder B from the Mercer Ellington Library.
Fair, worn, stained.
Summary:
10 parts and an indefinite number of scores.
Ebony rhapsody is contained in two of eight folders for "Murder at the Vanities" consisting of 1 published four-page piano conductor score and 5 parts in G Major concert, 1 six-page short score in Bb Major concert, 2 parts in Eb Major concert, and 1 lead sheet and 2 parts in Ab Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, ME, Tizol?).
Folder A contains items in 3 groupings -- (i) Piano conductor score and part in G Major. Score indicates parts for trombone, voice. Lyrics begin "There's rhythm down in Martinique Isle ...". Part for banjo. -- (ii) Parts in Ab Major for 1 reed - Carney; 1 trumpet - 3. -- (iii) Parts in Eb Major for 1 reed - Ben; 1 trumpet - Cooty.
Folder B contains short score in Bb Major and lead sheet in Ab Major. Short score indicates parts for alto, trumpet, trombone. Lead sheet for voice. Lyrics begin "Ebony, ev'rybody goes for ebony ...".
Folder C contains parts in G Major for 1 reed - Carney; 2 trumpets - 1, 2; bass.
Folder A and Folder C 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
Topic:
Music
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_172424

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