This site pays homage to one of America's most prestigious and creative composers, Duke Ellington. Offering an introduction to the many accomplishments of Mr. Ellington's career, which lasted over fifty years, is quite challenging, but the site serves as a nice introduction, particularly for younger students. Divided into five sections, users may want to start with the short biographical essay that gives information about Mr. Ellington's early life in Washington DC, the formation of his first band, and his compositions. Next, a section on his music lists his compositions, including his songs, concert works, and other extended pieces. A quotation section lists famous quotes attributed to Mr. Ellington, and other quotes about him by his contemporaries. Mr. Ellington's diverse achievements and accolades are also listed on the site, and finally, a photo album provides glimpses of this American master at work, both composing and with his numerous ensembles.
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