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William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music

Creator:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Russo, William, 1928-2003  Search this
Names:
Columbia College (Chicago). Contemporary American Music Program  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcriptions
Parts (musical)
Manuscripts
Scores
Date:
circa 1967-1968
Scope and Contents:
William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music consists of the full conductor score, orchestral parts, and choral parts to "In the Beginning God," "Tell Me It's the Truth," "Come Sunday," "The Lord's Prayer," "Will You Be There?" "Ain't But the One," and "David Danced." The transcription and arrangement were created by Professor Russo, who spent some time working with Ellington on the project during the late sixties or early seventies.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
William Russo was the Director of the Contemporary American Music Program at Columbia College, Chicago. Active in music from 1947 until his death in 2003, he toured Europe as the leader of a quintet; lived in London, where he conducted the London Jazz Orchestra and worked with the BBC; and lived and taught in New York and Chicago. Russo was noted in the fifties as a composer of experimental music for Stan Kenton's orchestra and Third Stream Music for the Russo orchestra. He has been a trombonist, composer, arranger, and conductor.
General:
Russo stated that Duke Ellington loaned him the music in 1967-1968.
Related/Analytical Title:
In the Beginning God

Tell Me It's the Truth

The Lord's Prayer

Ain't But the One

First Sacred Concert
Provenance:
The materials were donated to the Archives Center by Prof. Russo during a January, 1991 conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators held in Washington, D.C.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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.
Topic:
Conductors -- 20th century  Search this
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble  Search this
Musicians -- 20th century  Search this
Choral music  Search this
Church music  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcriptions
Parts (musical)
Manuscripts -- Music -- 20th century
Scores
Citation:
William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, 1967-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0406
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William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0406

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