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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Paul Murtha)

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Subtitle: From West Side Story

General Info

Year: 1957 / 2018
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50

Instrumentation (Flexible)

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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is by far the jazziest tune from Bernstein's West Side Story, and it's nothing short of iconic in its appeal and longevity. Combining a medium swing style with angular riffs and a cocky attitude, here is a great-sounding flexible version for small bands and bands with incomplete instrumentation.

- Program Note from publisher

Cool is a song from the 1957 musical West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein composed the music and Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics. This song is known for its fugal treatment of a jazz figure, described by one writer as "possibly the most complex instrumental music heard on Broadway to date".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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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