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Main stem [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
20 copy scores, 32 cm
5 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
3 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
6 manuscripts, 32 cm
6 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 31 cm
3 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Copy scores
Holographs
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
20th century
Notes:
Part for unidentified instrument in Folder A, grouping i (photocopy) is originally noted on the verso of "J.B.Y." Parts for "Just blow your breath on it" are noted on the verso of parts in Folder A, grouping iii. 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: good, fair, soiled, tape, water spots, worn.
"Altitude" same as "Main Stem". -- Timner. Duke Ellington is credited as composer in the 1944 copyright entry for "Main Stem." One incomplete set of parts comes from the Blanton-Webster time period (1940). Folder C, groupings i & iii, and Folder D, groupings i-iii from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 7.
Summary:
41 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Main stem is contained in four folders consisting of a 1 four page short score and 28 parts in D Major concert, 7 parts in C Major concert (?), 6 parts in F Major concert, and 1 two page short score in Gb Major concert (?) -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, Whaley, Tizol, Jones, Henderson, other?).
Folder A contains items in 3 groupings -- (i) Part in D Major (?) for unidentified instrument. Part appears incomplete. -- (ii) Short score in D Major. Score indicates parts for clarinet, Ben, baritone, Rex, trumpets, Tricky, Brown, Tizol, bass. -- (iii) Parts in D Major for 2 reeds - Ben, Carney; 3 trumpets - Rex, Nance, Wallace; 2 trombones - Tricky, Tizol. Part for Tizol appears incomplete.
Folder B contains two page short score in Gb Major (?). Score indicates parts for saxes, trombones. Score appears incomplete.
Folder C contains parts in 4 groupings -- (i) Parts in D Major for 1 reed - Carney; 1 trombone - Brown. -- (ii) Parts in D Major for 2 reeds - Toby (2), Sears; 4 trumpets - 1 (2), 2, 3 (2), 4. -- (iii) Parts in F Major for 4 reeds - Johnny, Mallard, alto, Chauncey. -- (iv) Parts in C Major (?) for 1 reed - Jimmy; 3 trumpets - Scad, Ray, Taft; 3 trombones - Tricky, Jones, Brown.
Folder D contains parts in 4 groupings -- (i) Parts in D Major for 1 trumpet - Herb; 2 trombones - Tizol, Buster. -- (ii) Parts in F Major for 2 reeds - Mallard, Rabbit. -- (iii) Parts in D Major for 1 reed - alto (2); trumpet; 1 trombone - Booty (2). -- (iv) Part in D Major for trumpet. -- All items except Folder C, groupings i & iii, and Folder D, groupings i-iii 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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