Ellington in the 1950s Continuation of excellence Expansion of forms, and compositions. Many believe his best works are from the 1930s and 40s. More sacred concerts. Suites – Such Sweet Thunder, Suite Thursday, Nutcracker Suite, Black Brown and Beige Suite His preoccupation with form was much more advanced than his contemporaries. Composed a film score – Anatomy of a Murder ( 1959) “Many of the late-period extended compositions suffer from a diminished originality and hasty work, often occasioned by incessant touring.”
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