Selections from "The Music Man" (arr Lang)

From Wind Repertory Project
Meredith Willson

Meredith Willson (arr. Philip J. Lang)

General Info

Year: 1957 / 1958
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Frank Music Corp.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Condensed Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


In Parts:

  • Oboe, m.84, beat 3: A should read G.
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet, m.136, beat 2: Add "3" underneath to clarify the triplet.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II, m.84, beat 3: B-flat should read B natural.

Program Notes

The Music Man was one of the most popular musicals ever written. As composer, lyricist, and librettist, Meredith Willson began working on the show in 1951. After 38 rewrites, it was finally produced in 1957, starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. During a Broadway run of 1,375 performances, it grossed above $10 million; won five Tony awards, three New York Critics Circle Awards, and a Grammy; had a national company touring for several years; and was made into a Warner Brothers film, starring Preston and Shirley Jones, in 1962. It was staged in Europe, including a London production, in 1961; revived on Broadway in 1965 and 1980; and in 1987 became the first American musical ever staged in China. The production, featuring an all-Chinese cast, was staged in Beijing to enthusiastic crowds.

The show is a sentimental comedy of small-town life in River City, Iowa, in 1912, with a plot which deals with the efforts of “music (con) man” Harold Hill to sell instruments for a band and skip town. He hadn’t counted on having his heart stolen by the local librarian. Some researchers believe that Willson’s model for Hill was the longtime salesman for C. G. Conn, Lynn L. Sams. Willson, however, said, “He’s so many people, I remember different ones every time I see the show.” Many other characters, places, and events may be traced directly to the composer’s hometown of Mason City, Iowa.

With tuneful music, jovial humor, and warm sentiment, he dramatized familiar scenes of his youth in a way that captured the hearts of millions and directed their attention to the interesting and wholesome role which band music has played in the cultural life of the towns and villages of America. The most popular songs in The Music Man range from the soulful Goodnight My Someone and Till There Was You to the rousing Seventy-Six Trombones by way of Gary, Indiana, It’s You, Lida Rose, Marian the Librarian, Pickalittle, The “Sadder-But-Wiser Girl, Shipoopi, Trouble, and The Wells Fargo Wagon.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

This medley by Philip J. Lang contains Seventy Six Trombones, Till There Was You, The Wells Fargo Wagon, and Marian the Librarian.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 4 June 2023
  • Rutgers Symphonic Band (New Brunswick, N.J.) (Julia Baumanis, conductor) - 26 April 2023
  • Repasz Band (Williamsport, Penn.) (Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor) - 9 October 2022
  • Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) Concert Band (Alicia Neal, conductor) - 18 September 2020
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 29 September 2019
  • Cary (N.C.) Town Band (Stuart Holoman, conductor) – 15 June 2019
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) - 14 August 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor)– 6 May 2018
  • Cupertino (Calif.) Symphonic Band (Jason McChristian, conductor) – 11 June 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 16 July 2015
  • Sequim (Wash.) City Band (Tyler Benedict, conductor) – 4 July 2012

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