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Duke Ellington in Concert

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Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington (arr. Paul Murtha)


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General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Big Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe br /> Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Duke Ellington is one of America’s great composers. Sit back and enjoy five tunes made famous by him and his band. This medley begins with the signature swinging sounds of Take the “A” Train, which is a reference to the New York City train line that ran from Brooklyn, through Manhattan, to the center of African-American culture, Harlem. Next is the ode to living a quiet life, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, that began life as an instrumental entitled Never More Lament before having lyrics added by Bob Russell in 1942. This version rose to the top of the R&B charts in 1943. The harmonically rich ballad Mood Indigo follows and gives way to the iconic Latin-jazz composition Caravan. This medley closes with another well-known swing tune whose title has provided guidance to generations of aspiring jazz musicians: It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).

- Program Note by Brian Ewing


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Night Owls Campus Community Band (Brian Ewing, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Wind Ensemble (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 11 February 2018
  • Sierra Nevada Winds (Yuba City, Calif.) (Robert Hesketh, conductor) - 29 April 2017
  • U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band (Fort Huachuca, Ariz.) – 11 February 2016


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Ellington, D.; Murtha, P. (2002). Duke Ellington in Concert [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.