Satin Doll (arr Osterling)

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Duke Ellington
Billy Strayhorn

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (arr. Eric Osterling)

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General Info

Year: 1953 / 1988
Duration: c. 2:05
Difficulty: I 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Big Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $26.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Satin Doll is a jazz standard written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. According to Richard Pryor, the piece was written for a famous black stripper by the same name.

Written in 1953, the song has been recorded countless times, by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, 101 Strings, Terry Callier, and Nancy Wilson. Its chord progression is well known for its unusual use of chords and opening with a ii-V-I turnaround.

Johnny Mercer was often asked to write lyrics to already popular songs. The lyrics to Satin Doll were written after the song was already a hit in its instrumental version. Ellington used Satin Doll as the closing number at most of his concerts.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Charlie Buck III, conductor) – 7 May 2017
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Works for Winds by This Composer

Duke Ellington

Billy Strayhorn


  • Ellington, D.; Osterling, E. (1988). Satin Doll [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Satin Doll, Wikipedia Accessed 10 May 2017