Come Sunday (Ellington)

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Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington (arr. Paul Murtha)

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Subtitle: For Solo Alto Saxophone and Concert Band

General Info

Year: 1943 / 2007
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Jazz orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer, through Wise Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00


Full Score
Solo E-flat Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Taken from Ellington's renowned suite Black, Brown and Beige, this song has become an acknowledged standard. With lush scoring and beautiful harmonies, here is a marvelous adaptation of this moving ballad featuring a solo alto sax with concert band.

- Program Note from publisher

Black, Brown and Beige is an extended jazz work written by Duke Ellington for his first concert at Carnegie Hall, on January 23, 1943. The spiritual Come Sunday was the second movement. Ellington reworked the suite for his 1958 album Black, Brown, and Beige, after which Come Sunday (featuring Mahalia Jackson on the album's vocal version of that piece) became a jazz standard.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Black, Brown and Beige. Wikipedia. Accessed 7 January 2022
  • Ellington, D.; Murtha, P. (2007). Come Sunday: For Solo Alto Saxophone and Concert Band [score]. G. Schirmer: [New York].