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Blue skies [music]

Composer:
Berlin, Irving 1888-
Physical description:
3 manuscripts, 32 cm
40 copy scores, 32 cm
6 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
5 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
Type:
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
20th century
Notes:
Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, torn, tape.
Unsigned Strayhorn composition.
Statement of responsibility from Shapiro. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book on many of the parts: 106, 15.
Summary:
51 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Blue skies is contained in two folders consisting of 1 twelve page conductor score, 1 ten page conductor score, 1 two page short score and 50 parts in Bb Major concert and 1 part in C Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (Vanc, Whaley, Williams, other?).
Folder A contains scores, 29 parts in Bb Major concert and 1 part in C Major concert. Twelve page conductor score for 4 reeds - clarinet, alto, tenor, baritone; 2 trumpets; 2 trombones. Ten page conductor score for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. Short score does not indicate instrumentation. Parts in 4 groupings -- (i) 2 reeds - alto 2, baritone; 1 trumpet - 3; 2 trombones - 1, 2; guitar. -- (ii) horn; 1 trombone - Wilbur. -- (iii) 3 reeds - alto 1, Jimmy, Carney; 4 trumpets - 1, 4, unidentified (2); 3 trombones - Wilbur, Brown, 3. Some of the parts appear incomplete. -- (iv) 4 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 1, tenor 2; 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass; drums.
Folder B contains 21 parts in Bb Major concert. Parts in 3 groupings -- (i) 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone; 3 trumpets 1, 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. -- (ii) 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone; 1 trumpet - 3; 2 trombones - 2, 3. -- (iii) 1 trumpet - 1; 1 trombone - 1. -- 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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