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I ain't got nothin' but the blues [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Lyricist:
George, Don
Physical description:
43 copy scores, 32 cm
14 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm
1 part (photocopy), 28 cm
Type:
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Holographs
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
1944
20th century
Notes:
Bass part in Folder E (photocopy) is originally noted on the verso of "A hundred dreams for you." 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, torn, tape.
Folder C from the Presentation Album, vol. D. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 152.
Summary:
55 parts and an indefinite number of scores
I ain't got nothin' but the blues is contained in five folders consisting of 1 eight page conductor score, 1 four page short score and 30 parts in Eb Major concert, 1 published three page piano vocal score in F Major concert, 12 parts in C Major concert, and 1 six page short score and 13 parts in D Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, BS, ME, Whaley?).
Folder A contains parts in C Major for 5 reeds - Procope, Rabbit, Jimmy, Paul, Harry C; 3 trumpets - Ray, Cook, C. Terry; 3 trombones - Quentin, John S, Britt; bass.
Folder B contains eight page conductor score and parts. Conductor score indicates parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor, tenor 4, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass. Parts in Eb Major for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone; 4 trumpets - Cat, Cook, Mercer, Cootie; 3 trombones - Brown, Buster, Chuck; bass.
Folder C contains published piano vocal score. Lyrics begin "Ain't got the change of a nickel ...".
Folder D contains items in 3 groupings -- (i) Four page short score in Eb Major. Score indicates parts for alto 2, Sears, tenor, baritone, Tricky, Brown, piano. -- (ii) Parts in Eb Major for 2 reeds - alto 3, tenor 1. -- (iii) Parts in Eb Major for 6 reeds - Toby, Rab, Jimmy, tenor 2, Carney, baritone; 6 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, Andy, Ray, Scad; 3 trombones - 1, Jones, Brown.
Folder E contains six page short score and parts in D Major. Score indicates parts for Rab, Proc, Jim, Paul, Carney, Ray, C. Terry, Britt. Parts for 5 reeds - Rab, Proc, Paul, Jim, Carney; 4 trumpets - Ray, Shorty, Terry, Cat; 3 trombones - John, Butter, Britt; bass. -- All items except Folder C from the Duke Ellington Library.
Topic:
Music
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 1), ca. 1930-1981
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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