2 mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm
Parts for Blow by blow are noted on the verso of some parts in Folder B, grouping iv. 15 separate parts for Blow by blow are also contained in Folder B, grouping vi. Parts for Blow by blow share the same apparent number from the Duke Ellington Band Book as Diminuendo in blue (28). A trombone part for Violet blue is noted on the verso of the tenor part in Folder D, grouping i. 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 Ellington-Strayhorn composition.
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Folders A, & B from the Mercer Ellington Library. Folder C from the Presentation Album, vol. M, p. 17. Statement of responsibility taken from Popular Music, 1920-1979, ed. Nat Shapiro. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellngton Band Book: 28.
46 parts and 1 score
Diminuendo in blue is contained in four folders consisting of 1 ten page short score and 46 parts in Eb Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (DE, BS, Fleagle, Maxwell, Whaley, Jones?).
Folder A contains parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 2, tenor 3, tenor 4, baritone 5; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass (2); drums; guitar.
Folder B contains parts in 6 groupings -- (i) 1 trumpet - 1. -- (ii) 1 bass. -- (iii) 1 piano. -- (iv) 4 reeds - Rab (2), Pro (2), Jimmy, Carney (2); 1 trombone - Lawrence. -- (v) 1 reed - tenor; 1 trombone - 2. -- (vi) 1 reed - Sears; 2 trumpets - Herb (2), Nathan (2); 1 trombone - Chuck (2).
Folder C contains short score. Score indicates parts for flute, clarinet, Sears, Rab, Toby, baritone, Cooty, trumpets, Tizol, trombones.
Folder D contains parts in 2 groupings -- (i) 1 reed - tenor; 1 trombone - Lawrence; piano. -- (ii) 2 trumpets - Ray (2), trumpet 1; 1 unidentified treble instrument (trumpet?); 2 trombones - Tricky, trombone 2; 1 unidentified instrument. Parts for unidentified instruments appear incomplete.
Folder D from the Duke Ellington Library.
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