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Catalog Data

Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950  Search this
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971  Search this
Matthews, Onzy  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
22 Items (copy scores, 32 cm.)
1 Item (conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 30 cm.)
1 Item (part (photocopy), 28 cm.)
Box 354, Folder 11-13
Archival materials
Sheet music
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
Piano vocal scores
Scope and Contents:
see also oversize see also Subseries 1.3
22 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Speak low is contained in three folders consisting of 13 parts in G Major concert, 1 twenty-six page conductor score in C Major concert, 1 published four-page piano vocal score in F Major concert, and 9 parts in Bb Major concert -- in ink and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (Whaley, Matthews, Tizol?).
Folder A contains parts in G Major for 5 reeds - alto, alto 3, tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, Baker; 3 trombones - 1, 2, 3; bass. Part for bass appears incomplete.
Folder B contains conductor score and piano vocal score. Conductor score indicates parts for 5 reeds, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass, drums, piano. Piano vocal score lyrics begin "Speak low when you speak, love ...".
Folder C contains parts in Bb Major for 3 reeds - Johnny, Sears, Jimmie; 3 trumpets - Baker, Wallace, 4; 3 trombones - Tricky, Tizol, Brown. -- All items except conductor score in Folder B from the Duke Ellington Library.
Biographical / Historical:
Conductor score in Folder B from the Mercer Ellington Library. There appears to be a number from the Duke Ellington Band Book: 336.
Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, Wayne Shirley and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Other Title:
New York, NY, Chappell & Co., Inc., 1943
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
Sheet music -- 1940-1950
Conductor scores
Copy scores
Parts (musical)
Piano vocal scores
Collection Citation:
Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection
Duke Ellington Collection / Series 1: Music Manuscripts / 1.1: Music Manuscripts / 1.1.20: S
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History