By Billy Strayhorn/arr. David Sanford | For Four Cellos | 7′

Title: Blood Count
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Arranger: David Sanford
Instrumentation: For Four Cellos
Duration: 7′
Format: Full Score + 4 Parts
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0308

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From the arranger:

Blood Count (1967) was Billy Strayhorn’s final composition for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, written from Strayhorn’s hospital bed. It is intro­duced here by a quote from Gordon Getty’s 1986 setting of Emily Dickinson’s similarly funereal “There came a wind like a bugle” from his cycle White Election. The inflections of alto soloist Johnny Hodges in his profound later period are re-created as closely as possible in the solo cello part and consequently the arrangement is as much an homage to Hodges as it is to Strayhorn.

Commission/Dedication: To Matt Haimovitz and UCCELLO.
Premiere: First performed August 7, 2009 at Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée, QC by Matt Haimovitz and UCCELLO.
Recording: This work is recorded on Oxingale Records’ and PENTATONE Oxingale Series‘ album Meeting of the Spirits, performed by Matt Haimovitz and UCCELLO. Click here for the listening options.

Listen to an excerpt of Blood Count
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