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Blues at sundown [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Arranger:
Liston, Melba
Physical description:
1 manuscript, 34 cm
2 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 32 cm
37 copy scores, 32 cm
2 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
4 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Copy scores
Holographs
Lead sheet
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
20th century
Notes:
Parts in Folder A, grouping i (photocopies) are originally noted on the verso of parts for "Kick," and "What is this thing called love." 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.
Unsigned Ellington-Strayhorn composition.
Folder B from the Presentation Album, vol. A. Remaining items from the Mercer Ellington Library. Statement of responsibility taken in part from Music is my Mistress, by Duke Ellington. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 183.
Summary:
39 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Blues at sundown is contained in three of thirty-four folders for "My people" consisting of 2 two-page short scores, 1 one-page short score, 1 three-page short score, 1 two-page piano vocal score, 1 four-page piano vocal score, 1 lead sheet and 38 parts in c minor concert, and 1 two-page short score in g minor concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, Whaley, Sanders?).
Folder A contains items in 5 groupings -- (i) Parts for 1 reed - baritone; 1 trumpet - 3. -- (ii) Parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 3, tenor 4, baritone; 2 trumpets - 1, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass. -- (iii) 1 two page short score in c minor and parts. Short score indicates parts for clarinet, baritone. Parts for 3 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 3; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, Terry, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, Tizol. -- (iv) Parts for 5 reeds- alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone; 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass. Parts appear incomplete. -- (v) Parts for 1 trumpet - 1; 1 trombone - 1.
Folder B contains lead sheet for unidentified treble instrument.
Folder C contains items in 4 groupgins -- (i) One page short score. Score indicates parts for sax, baritone, trumpets, trombones. Score appears incomplete. -- (ii) Part for voice. Lyrics begin "The moon is comin', the breeze is hummin' ...". -- (iii) Remaining short scores. Two page short score in c minor indicates parts for alto, tenor, baritone, trumpets. Two page short score in g minor does not indicate instrumentation. Three page short score in c minor indicates parts for saxes, brass, voice. Lyrics begin as above. Score appears incomplete. -- (iv) Piano vocal scores. Lyrics begin as above.
Folder A, groupings i, iv & v, and Folder C, groupings ii, iii & iv from the Duke Ellignton Library.
Topic:
Music
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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