"Sophisticated ladies" was a 1981 Broadway musical based on works by Ellington and Strayhorn, and arranged by David Berger. Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, Wayne Shirley, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Unsigned Ellington-Strayhorn composition.
From the Mercer Ellignton Library. Statement of responsibility based on the research of Annie Kuebler.
14 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Something to live for is contained in one of fifteen folders for "Sophisticated ladies" consisting of 1 seven page piano conductor score and 14 parts in Bb Major concert, and 1 seven page piano conductor score in C Major concert -- in photocopy -- in unidentified hand.
Piano conductor scores indicate parts for saxes, horn, trumpets, trombones, bass, voice. Lyrics begin "I have almost everything a human could desire ...". Parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 3, tenor 4, baritone 5; 4 trumpets - 1/2 (2), 3/4 (2); 4 trombones - 1, 2, 3, 4; guitar. Parts for trumpet 1 and trumpet 2 are noted on the same sheet. Parts for trumpet 3 and trumpet 4 are noted on the same sheet.