Meditation II

From Wind Repertory Project
Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Donald Hunsberger)

Subtitle: On a Sequence by Beethoven

General Info

Year: 1971 / 1973
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $91.70   |   Score Only (print) - $12.40


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The 1970s saw a number of religious rock musicals, notably Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, and Bernstein was so impressed by the latter that he invited 23-year-old writer Stephen Schwartz to provide lyrics for Mass -- once again, Bernstein reached beyond his own world of classical music for a collaborator to help him create a large-scale musical theater piece, as he had with West Side Story.

Mass was Bernstein's most ambitious theater work. Despite its adaptation of the Latin text interspersed with songs, ""numbers,"" choreographic sequences, and symphonic interludes, Mass is ecumenical in nature and cannot be categorized.

Perhaps the most accurate description of the piece is "pageant." With approximately 200 performers, including dancers, singers, a boy chorus, rock and blues singers, actors, and two orchestras, as well as a marching band—who play through the audience – Mass is a musical and theatrical experience.

Bernstein's Meditation No. 2 allows both audience and celebrant a moment of contemplation.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Brian O. Walden, conductor) - 29 October 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

All Wind Works


  • Bernstein, L.; Hunsberger, D. [1973]. Meditation No. 2: On a Sequence of Beethoven [score]. Amberson Enterprises: New York.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Meredith Music Publications, 2004, pp. 39.