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, torn, stained, brittle.
12 parts and an indefinite number of scores
In the beginning God is contained in one of sixty nine folders for "Sacred concert I" consisting of 1 six page piano vocal score in f minor concert, 7 one page short scores and 12 parts in bb minor concert, and 5 one page piano vocal scores, 4 one page short scores and 4 one page conductor scores in c minor concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (Whaley, others?).
Folder A contains piano vocal score in f minor. Lyrics begin "In the beginning God ...". Score appears incomplete.
Folder B contains items in 5 groupings -- (i) Short scores in bb minor. Scores do not indicate instrumentation. Scores include lyrics. Lyrics begin as above. -- (ii) Parts in bb minor for voices - soprano 1/2 (2), alto 1/2 (3), tenor 1/2 (4), bass (3). Lyrics begin as above. -- (iii) Piano vocal scores in c minor. Lyrics begin as above. -- (iv) Short scores in c minor. Scores indicate parts for voices - sopranos, altos, tenor, bariotne, bass. Lyrics begin as above. -- (v) Conductor scores in c minor. Scores indicate parts for voices - soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass; piano. Lyrics begin as above. -- from the Duke Ellington Library.