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Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Collection Collector:
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
2 Items (mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holographs), 32 cm.)
15 Items (copy scores, 32 cm.)
1 Item (manuscript, 32 cm.)
1 Item (conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 28 cm.)
Box 78 (Series 1), Folder 9
Archival materials
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
Piano conductor scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Scope and Contents:
15 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Coloratura is contained in three of eighteen folders for "Perfume suite" consisting of 1 seven page conductor score, 1 six page piano conductor score, 1 two page short score, 1 published part and 14 parts in eb minor concert, and 1 one page short score in c minor concert -- in ink and pencil -- in unidentified hands (DE, BS, Whaley, Sanders?).
Folder A contains parts in 2 groupings -- (i) Part for 1 reed - Carney. -- (ii) Parts for 4 reeds - Johnny, Toby, Jimmy, Sears; 5 trumpets - Cat, Taft, Rex, Scad, unidentified; 3 trombones - Jones, Tricky, Brown; bass.
Folder B contains conductor score and piano conductor score. Conductor score indicates parts for Toby, Rab, Jimmy, Sears, Carney, Cat, Taft, Ray, Rex, Scad, Brown, Tricky, Jones. Piano conductor score does not indicate instrumentation.
Folder C contains short scores and published part. Short score in eb minor indicates parts for sax, baritone, Cat, trumpets, trombones, bass. Score appears incomplete. Short score in c minor indicates part for tenor. Published part for piano.
Folder A and Folder B from the Duke Ellington Library.
Biographical / Historical:
Folder C from the Presentation Album, vol. B and vol. T, p. 13. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 123.
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, worn, torn, brittle, tape.
New York, NY, Tempo Music, Inc., 1945
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the original and master audiovisual materials are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Copyright restrictions. Consult the Archives Center at or 202-633-3270. Paul Ellington, executor, is represented by: Richard J.J. Scarola, Scarola Ellis LLP, 888 Seventh Avenue, 45th Floor, New York, New York 10106. Telephone (212) 757-0007 x 235; Fax (212) 757-0469; email:;;
Music -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Manuscripts -- Music -- 20th century
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
Piano conductor scores
Published sheet music
Short scores
Collection Citation:
Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duke Ellington Collection
Duke Ellington Collection / Series 1: Music Manuscripts / 1.1: Music Manuscripts / 1.1.4: C
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History