America (Bernstein Vinson)

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Johnnie Vinson)

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Subtitle: From West Side Story

General Info

Year: 1963 / 2018
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The music of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story is timeless and remains as popular as ever. This skillfully arranged version has carefully preserved the mixed-meter rhythmic fire and flavor of the original.

- Program Note from publisher

Leonard Bernstein composed West Side Story in 1957, and it has since made its way into the hearts of most American Broadway lovers. Using the legendary score by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephan Sondheim, America is the pro-American anthem of the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang. The lyrics of the original Broadway production highlight the positive qualities of American life as seen through the eyes of a recent immigrant.

- Program Note from Colleyville Middle School Honors Band concert program, 19 December 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Cool (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Murtha) (1957/2018)
  • West Side Story (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Sweeney) (1957/2015)

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