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From the Duke Ellington Collection, an arranged orchestral set of sheet music for Black, Brown, and Beige, one of Duke's most famous (and controversial) works. Each movement represents a history of the African-American experience in America. The piece was deemed too classical and serious by jazz enthusiasts, and not classical enough by the classical music enthusiasts. If nothing else, Black, Brown and Beige set a precedent for Ellington's work being utterly beyond classification, so brilliant and brave as he was in pushing the boundaries of genre and expectation. The sheet music is printed, but features penciled annotations on many of the sets, possibly from the players who read from the sheet.

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"Black, Brown, and Beige Suite," full Orchestral Set

Auction ended on Wed, May 18, 2016
Estimate $1,200 - $1,600
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65 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
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