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Bonga [music]

Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
16 copy scores, 32 cm
1 copy score, 31 cm
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
United States
20th century
An additional holograph short score for this piece is contained with "Afro Bossa scores," grouping iv. 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, soiled, torn, worn. Folder #37 -- 11p. Folder #37 -- 8p. Folder #37 -- 7p.
Unsigned Ellington-Strayhorn composition.
Statement of responsibility taken from Music is my Mistress, by Duke Ellington. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 51.
17 parts
Bonga is contained in two of nineteen folders for "Afro Bossa" consisting of 11 parts in bb minor concert, and 6 parts in c minor concert -- in ink -- in identified hand (Parker) and unidentified hands (Whaley, Henderson?).
Parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Parts in bb minor for 3 reeds - Johnny, Otto, baritone; 3 trumpets - Cooty, Wallace, Rex; 2 trombones - Brown, Tricky; unidentified bass instrument (bass?). -- (ii) Parts in c minor for 4 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, Paul, Carney; 1 trumpet - Ray; bass. -- (iii) Parts in bb minor for 2 trombones - trombone, Tricky. -- from the Duke Ellington Library.
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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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