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Crescendo in blue [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
1 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 32 cm
18 copy scores, 32 cm
3 parts (photocopies), 32 cm
4 parts (photocopies), 28 cm
2 manuscripts, 32 cm
Type:
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Holographs
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Photocopies
Short scores
Place:
United States
Date:
19||
20th century
Notes:
Part for tenor in Folder B, grouping i (photocopy) is originally noted on the bottom of the tenor part for Diminuendo in blue. 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, tape, torn.
Unsigned Ellington-Strayhorn composition.
Folder A from the Presentation Album, vol. M, p. 15. Folder B, grouping iii from the Mercer Ellington Library. Statement of responsibility taken from Popular Music, 1920-1979, ed. Nat Shapiro. There appear to be numbers from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 108, 28.
Summary:
25 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Crescendo in blue is contained in two folders consisting of 1 eight page short score, 1 twenty-two page conductor score, 1 three page conductor score and 25 parts in Eb Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, Whaley?).
Folder A contains short score. Short score indicates parts for Ham, Sears, Otto, Rab, Carney, trumpets, trombones.
Folder B contains items in 6 groupings -- (i) Part for 1 reed - tenor. -- (ii) Parts for 4 reeds - Rab (2), Pro (2), Sears, Carney (2); trombone (2). -- (iii) Parts for 1 reed - tenor 2; trombone (2); 1 unidentified instrument. -- (iv) Parts for 4 trumpets - Rex, Taft, Cat, Ray; 1 trombone - Tricky; 1 unidentified instrument. -- (v) Parts for 4 reeds - Rab, Toby, Sears, Carney; 1 trombone - 2. -- (vi) 1 twenty-two page conductor score. Score indicates parts for 5 reeds - clarinet, alto 1, alto 2, tenor, bass clarinet; 3 trumpets - 1, 2, 3; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3. Score appears incomplete. 1 three page conductor score. Score does not indicate instrumentation and appears incomplete. -- Many of the parts in Folder B appear to be incomplete.
Folder B, groupings i - ii & iv - vi 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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