Sound of Music, The -- Selections

From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)

General Info

Year: 1959 / 1960
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chappell Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wood Block


  • Oboe I, m.351, b.1&: A should read G
  • B-flat Cornet I, m.411, b.3-4: Two quarter notes should read dotted quarter note and eighth note
  • Horn in F III, m.29: Rehearsal figure "28" should read "29"
  • Trombone I, m.429: A sharp should read A natural
  • Baritone (Bass Clef), m.396, b.1: Add duration dot to quarter note

Program Notes

The Sound of Music (1965) was an exceptionally successful film in the mid-1960s -- at the time of its release, it surpassed Gone With the Wind (1939) as the number one box office hit of all time. It was the high point of the Hollywood musical. [In 1978, the film's status as the most successful musical was finally surpassed by Grease (1978).] This wholesome production from producer/director Robert Wise (of the previously popular West Side Story (1961) for which he won the same two Oscars) and 20th Century Fox has become one of the most favorite, beloved films of moviegoers. It is a joyous, uplifting, three-hour adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1959 hit Broadway stage musical (that starred Mary Martin). [This was the well-known partnership's last collaboration]. The story follows a good-natured, flighty novitiate (Julie Andrews) who is hired to care for the seven children of a militaristic, icy, widowed Austrian captain (Christopher Plummer). She ultimately wins the heart of the children -- and the captain -- but their lives are threatened by the encroachment of Nazis.

Marketing slogans cried: "The Happiest Sound in All the World." Ernest Lehman's screenplay was based on the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. That book was in turn based on Baroness Maria von Trapp's 1949 autobiography (The von Trapp Family Singers) about the exploits of the family of singers and their escape from the Nazis in Austria in 1938.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The last of the Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborations is based on the true story off the Trapp family. The result is a musical play of uncommon distinction and charm, a production framed with tastes and affection around a narrative that is at once warmly amusing and full of meaning. The listener is sure to recognize these tunes: How Can Love Survive, My Favorite Things, So Long, Farewell, Do, Re, Me, and Climb Every Mountain.

- Program Note California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra concert program, 6 June 2014


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State Ratings

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  • Tri-State Wind Symphony (Dubuque, Iowa) (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 15 June 2023
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Symphonic Band (Ryan Webber, conductor) – 15 November 2022
  • Strongville (Ohio) Community Band (Ken Mahelko, conductor) - 12 August 2022
  • Encore Concert Band (Orland Park, Ill) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) - 6 September 2020
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Erwin Hoffman, conductor) - 8 March 2020
  • Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band (New York, N.Y.) (Henco Espag, conductor) - 14 December 2019
  • Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble (Oakfield, N.Y.) (Philip Briatico, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 29 July 2018
  • Manhattan (N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Sarah Quiroz, conductor) – 15 March 2018
  • Nashoba Symphonic Band (Marlboro/Berlin, Mass.) (David Wayne Bailey) – 7 December 2017
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glen Moore, conductor) - 4 July 2017
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Joe Busuito, conductor) - 21 July 2016
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Texas) (Bob Bryant, conductor) – 28 February 2016
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 7 February 2016
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 22 November 2015
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) - 6 June 2014
  • Mississippi Community Symphonic Band (David P. Miller, conductor) - 9 March 2013

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