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Library of Congress Restores Gerry Mulligan Scores

In an attempt to reconstruct nearly lost, illegible and unpublished jazz scores, University of Idaho music professor Al Gemberling will work with the Library of Congress on the library’s “I Hear America Singing” project.

Gemberling will work specifically on the works of jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and his project will feature scores and recordings of Mulligan’s 1971 recording Age of Steam, to which he wrote and arranged the music for the eight songs. Currently, the only copies of the arrangements were Mulligan’s unpublished, hand-written manuscripts. But his widow, and president of Mulligan Publishing Company, Franca R. Mulligan provided the manuscripts to the Library of Congress in hopes that they could be recovered, shared and played by others.

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