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, brittle.
Unsigned Ellington-Strayhorn composition.
Statement of responsibility taken in part from other collection materials.
38 parts and 1 score
Be a man is contained in two of eighty three folders for "Pousse cafe" consisting of 1 seven page piano conductor score and 36 parts in A Major concert, and 2 parts in F Major concert -- in ink and photocopy -- in identified hand (Charlap) and unidentified hand.
Folder A contains parts in 2 groupings -- (i) Parts in A Major for voice (17). Lyrics begin "You gotta eat a little dirt ...". -- (ii) Parts in F Major for piano (2).
Folder B contains piano conductor score and parts in F Major. Piano conductor score indicates parts for flute, clarinet, trumpets, trombones, violins, cello, voice. Lyrics begin as above. Parts for 5 reeds - flute 1, flute 2, clarinet 3, clarinet 4, clarinet 5; 4 trumpets - 1/2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; 4 violins - A, B, C, D; cello; bass; 2 drums - 1, 2. Parts for trumpet 1 and trumpet 2 are noted on the same sheet. -- from the Duke Ellington Library.