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BOX 1-41 Music, 1930s-1960s
Scores, lead sheets, sketches, parts, and lyric sheets, mostly for original compositions and arrangements by Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. Manuscript materials in the hand of either Strayhorn or Ellington are identified wherever possible. Scores and lead sheets by other composers, including Luther Henderson, Louis Bellson, Don Gais, and Willie "The Lion" Smith, are present as well.
Chiefly arranged alphabetically by title.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
Holograph score
BOX-FOLDER 1/2 After all
Holograph scores (2)
Lyric sheet
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 After bird jungle
Scores (2)
BOX-FOLDER 1/4 An afternoon in Paris
Printed score
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Ain't but the one
Scores (6)
BOX-FOLDER 1/6 Ain't nothin' nothin' baby without you
Piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 1/7 Air-conditioned jungle
Holograph scores/sketches
BOX-FOLDER 1/8 Alabamy home
Printed piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 All at once you love her
By Richard Rodgers
Printed piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 All day long
Holograph score
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 All of me
Holograph scores/sketches
BOX-FOLDER 1/12 All roads lead to you
Piano-vocal score (incomplete)
BOX-FOLDER 1/14 All too soon
Holograph score
BOX-FOLDER 10/21 Allah 'bye
Holograph score
Holograph sketch
BOX-FOLDER 1/13 All's fair at the World's Fair / Vote
Piano-vocal score (no lyric) for "All's fair at the World's Fair
Parts for "All's fair at the World's Fair" and "Vote" (saxophone 1-5, trumpet 1-3, trombone 1-2, piano, double bass, drums)
BOX-FOLDER 1/15 Always you
Holograph score
BOX-FOLDER 1/16 Amor
Holograph score
BOX-FOLDER 1/17 And Russia is her name
Holograph score
BOX-FOLDER 1/18 Anywhere
Holograph score
Note: No known recordings by the DE orchestra
BOX-FOLDER 1/19 Apple blossoms in the rain
Holograph score
BOX-FOLDER 1/20 Argentino
Photocopied manuscript score in the hand of DE
BOX-FOLDER 35/1 Arrivederci, bambina mia!
By Jimmy Makulis
Piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 1/21 Awful sad
Printed score for piano
BOX-FOLDER 1/22 Azure
Printed piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 2/1 Baby Clementine
Piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 2/2 Baby - When you ain't there
Lead sheet
BOX-FOLDER 2/3 Back room romp
Lead sheet
BOX-FOLDER 36/1 Bagatelle
Edited by Walter van de Leur
Printed full scores (2)
BOX-FOLDER 2/4 Balcony serenade
Holograph score, titled "Intro - Love #1"
Holograph sketch, titled "Love - Intro #2" (unrelated)
Note: P. [2] of "Intro - Love #1" contains unused material
BOX-FOLDER 2/5 Ballad for very sad and very tired lotus eaters
Holograph score, with sketches for several other works
Sketches include:
  • p. [1]: Buddy Bolden fugue
  • p. [1] (bottom) - p. [2] (top): Congo square
  • p. [4] (top): Congo square
  • p. [4]: The gentleman is a major dope
BOX-FOLDER 2/6 Battle of swing
Printed score for piano
BOX-FOLDER 2/7 B.B.B. - Blues
Holograph score, titled "Mauve"
Parts ("Baker", "Jim" (2), "Terry", "Cat", "Harry", "Paul", "Butter", "John", "Britt", "Ray", "Bill", "Procope")
BOX-FOLDER 2/8 Beautiful romance
Printed piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 2/9 Beggar's holiday
Scores (some are holograph) and sketches
Contents: Boll weavol ballet; Brown penny; Fol-de-rol; A fox will steal your chickens; Git movin'; Git out; The kindly worm; Loose living
BOX-FOLDER 2/10 Beggar's holiday
Scores (some are holograph) and sketches
Contents: Polly at his side; Rooster man; Sucker for a kiss; They're taking poor MacHeath away [?]; Thirteen boxes of rayon skirts; We don't want the wings of an angel
BOX-FOLDER 2/11 Beggar's holiday
Miscellaneous and unidentified scores (some are holograph) and sketches
BOX-FOLDER 2/12 Believe in love
By Carl T. Bignon
Lead sheet
BOX-FOLDER 2/13 Bellaface (I've grown accustomed to his face)
Holograph score
see also The nutcracker suite
BOX-FOLDER 2/14 Best wishes
Printed piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 2/15 Bewitched, bothered, bewildered
Holograph score, with scores for "Tenderly" on verso
BOX-FOLDER 2/16 Big house blues
Photocopied manuscript score in the hand of DE
BOX-FOLDER 3/1 Billy Strayhorn A/K/A
By David Passmore
Printed score
BOX-FOLDER 3/2 Birmingham break-down
Printed score for piano
BOX-FOLDER 3/3 Black and tan fantasy
Printed score for piano
Parts ("Brown", "Tricky", "Ray", "Carney", "Chauncey", "Otto")
BOX-FOLDER 3/4 Black beauty
see also Blues a-poppin; Top and bottom
Printed score for piano
BOX-FOLDER 3/5 Black butterfly
Holograph score
Printed piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 3/5 Black cat blues
Printed score for piano
BOX-FOLDER 3/6 The black cat blues
By Andy Cowson
Piano-vocal score
BOX-FOLDER 3/7 The blessed and the damned
Holograph sketch and list of musical numbers
BOX-FOLDER 3/8 Bli-blip
Holograph scores (2)
Holograph sketch, with "Tricky" part for "P. P. and S." on verso
BOX-FOLDER 3/9 Blossom
Holograph lead sheet
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