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Paris blues [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Lyricist:
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Flender, Harold
Physical description:
36 copy scores, 32 cm
2 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
4 manuscripts, 32 cm
3 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
1 part (photocopy), 28 cm
1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 28 cm
3 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 25 cm
Type:
Copy scores
Holographs
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano conductor scores
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
1961
20th century
Notes:
Parts for "Pensa a me" are noted on the verso of parts in Folder A, grouping iii. A part for "Objet" is noted on the verso of the part in Folder A, grouping v. A part for an untitled piece is noted on the verso of a part in Folder B, grouping i. A part for "Heritage number 3" is noted on the verso of a part in Folder B, grouping vi. Additional materials for this piece are contained in Folder D, grouping i. 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, worn, torn, tape, stained.
Folder B, grouping v from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 79.
Summary:
45 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Paris blues is contained in two of thirty two folders for "Paris blues" consisting of 1 three page piano conductor score, 1 published two page piano vocal score, 3 published parts and 17 parts in D Major concert, 3 two page piano vocal scores and 1 part in C Major concert, 15 parts in F Major concert, 6 parts in Bb Major concert, and 3 lyric sheets -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in identified hand (Jones) and unidentified hands (BS, Whaley, Sanders?).
Folder A contains items in 6 groupings -- (i) Piano conductor score. Score indicates parts for saxes, clarinet, trumpets, trombones, drums. -- (ii) 2 piano vocal scores in C Major. Lyrics begin "Underneath Paris skies ...". -- (iii) Published parts in D Major for nontransposing treble instrument (2); Bb transposing treble instrument. -- (iv) Published piano vocal score in D Major. Lyrics begin "Left bank cafes, strolling the quays ...". -- (v) Part in D Major for voice. Lyrics begin "Left bank ...". -- (vi) Lyric sheets. 1 lyric sheet begins "Left bank ...". 2 lyric sheets begin "Underneath Paris skies ...". Sheets appear incomplete.
Folder B contains items in 6 groupings -- (i) Piano vocal score and 1 part in C Major, 1 part in Bb Major. Piano vocal score lyrics begin "Underneath Paris skies ...". Parts for piano (2). -- (ii) Parts in D Major for 6 reeds - clarinet, Proc, alto 3, tenor, Paul, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 4, trumpet (2); 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. Many parts appear incomplete. -- (iii) Parts in Bb Major for 3 reeds - alto, tenor, baritone; trumpet; trombone. -- (iv) Part in D Major for trombone. Part appears incomplete. -- (v) Parts in F Major and D Major. Parts in F Major for 1 reed - Jimmy (2); 1 trumpet - 4; 1 trombone - 1. Part in D Major for 1 reed - alto. -- (vi) Parts in F Major for 4 reeds - alto 1, Pro, Paul, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2 (2), Baker, Herb; 2 trombones - 2, 3. -- All items except Folder B, grouping v from the Duke Ellington 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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