Come Sunday. Duke (Edward Kennedy) Ellington (1899-1974)
The music of this jazz spiritual is adapted from the similarly titled section of Ellington’s instrumental suite, Black, Brown and Beige, premiered at Carnegie Hall, New York City, (January 23, 1943). Ellington introduced the work at the premier as ‘a tone parallel to the history of the negro in America.’
The lyrics resulted from a two-year collaboration of Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) and Ellington, as described by Irving Townsend in his liner notes to the 1958 Colombia recording (CL 1162) ‘Black Brown and Beige’:
Once the decision was made to give Mahalia the Come Sunday theme, he [Ellington] sent her the music, then without a...
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