Guide to the William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, ca. 1967-68
NMAH.AC.0406

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0406
Creators:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Russo, William, 1928-2003
Dates:
circa 1967-1968
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.5 cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music consists of the full conductor score, orchestral parts, and choral parts to "In the Beginning God," "Tell Me It's the Truth," "Come Sunday," "The Lord's Prayer," "Will You Be There?" "Ain't But the One," and "David Danced." The transcription and arrangement were created by Professor Russo, who spent some time working with Ellington on the project during the late sixties or early seventies.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
William Russo was the Director of the Contemporary American Music Program at Columbia College, Chicago. Active in music from 1947 until his death in 2003, he toured Europe as the leader of a quintet; lived in London, where he conducted the London Jazz Orchestra and worked with the BBC; and lived and taught in New York and Chicago. Russo was noted in the fifties as a composer of experimental music for Stan Kenton's orchestra and Third Stream Music for the Russo orchestra. He has been a trombonist, composer, arranger, and conductor.

Administration
Processing Information note
This collection was processed by Deborra Richardson, archivist.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Deborra Richardson
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The materials were donated to the Archives Center by Prof. Russo during a January, 1991 conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators held in Washington, D.C.

General note
General note
Russo stated that Duke Ellington loaned him the music in 1967-1968.

Related/Analytical Title
Related/Analytical Title
In the Beginning God
Tell Me It's the Truth
The Lord's Prayer
Ain't But the One
First Sacred Concert

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, 1967-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use note
Copyright restrictions. Contact the Archives Center.
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.

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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu