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Take the A Train

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Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn (arr. Robert Lowden)


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General Info

Year: 1939 / 1988
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Big Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
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-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Take the 'A' Train is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra. It is arguably the most famous of the many compositions to emerge from the collaboration of Ellington and Strayhorn.

Take the 'A' Train was composed in 1939, after Ellington offered Strayhorn a job in his organization and gave him money to travel from Pittsburgh to New York City. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, "Take the A train".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Gary Willems, conductor) – 12 June 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Charlie Buck III, conductor) – 7 May 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


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