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    Duke Ellington - "Farmer in the Dell" Hand Written Score (undated). One of America's greatest composers, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974) was also a superb pianist, arranger, and band leader. As jazz historian Scott Yanow has written, "Duke Ellington's contributions to jazz and American music were simply enormous. As a composer, Ellington ranked with George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and their contemporaries. He wrote literally thousands of songs (the exact number is not known) of which hundreds became standards." Written in Duke Ellington's own hand, this lot features the musical score for Duke's swinging version of the nursery rhyme, "Farmer in the Dell." This chart features one page with the main melody, and four half-page parts which lay down a trombone part, Cootie Williams' trumpet part, Johnny Hodges' alto sax part (noted as "Rab" for Rabbit, Hodges' nick-name), and a part with the notation "Bar," for the baritone saxophone. This lot also includes a letter of provenance from a former librarian of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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