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Imbo [music]

Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Uniform title:
Virgin Islands suite
Physical description:
9 copy scores, 32 cm
3 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 31 cm
5 copy scores, 31 cm
1 part (photocopy), 28 cm
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
United States
20th century
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.
Condition: fair, tape, worn.
Unsigned Ellington-Strayhorn composition.
Copyright restrictions. Consult Archives Center staff. Paul Ellington, executor, is represented by Richard J.J. Scarola, Scarola Eillis LLP, 888 Seventh Avenue, 45th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10106. Telephone (212) 757-0007 x 235, Facsimile (212) 757-0469; E-Mail:;;
Groupings iv & v from the Mercer Ellington Library. Statement of responsibility taken from Music is my Mistress, by Duke Ellington. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: X27, 96, 143.
18 parts
Imbo is contained in one of seven folders for "Virgin Islands suite" consisting of 18 parts in Ab Major concert -- in ink and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, Whaley, other?).
Parts in 5 groupings -- (i) Part for treble Bb transposing instrument. -- (ii) Parts for 1 reed - alto; trombone; bass; guitar; organ. -- (iii) Parts for 3 reeds - alto, tenor, baritone; trombone (3). -- (iv) Parts for 2 reeds - alto, tenor; trumpet (2). -- (v) Parts for treble Eb transposing instrument; trombone. -- Groupings i - iii from the Duke Ellington Library.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453
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Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

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