Symphonic Highlights from "The King and I"

From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers (arr. Stephen Bulla)

General Info

Year: 1951 / 2016
Duration: c. 6:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00; (digital) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Chinese Drum (3)
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Drum Set
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Small Gong
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Woodblock
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Opening on Broadway in 1951, few musicals can boast as many lasting and memorable songs as this Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece. Drawing on the classic orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett, here is a fabulous medley for the symphonic stage that includes: Something Wonderful; I Whistle a Happy Tune; I Have Dreamed; The March of the Siamese Children; Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance?

- Program Note from publisher

The King and I is a musical, the fifth by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. The musical premiered on March 29, 1951, at Broadway's St. James Theatre. It ran nearly three years, then the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history, and has had many tours and revivals.

The musical's plot relates the experiences of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King's drive to modernize his country. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the piece, as well as by a love that neither can admit.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) - 24 July 2022
  • Oakhurst (Calif.) Community Concert Band (Mike Corrigan, conductor) – 13 April 2018
  • Lodi (Calif.) Community Band (Art Holton, conductor) – 10 June 2017
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy Foley, conductor) – 1 July 2016
  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (John Thompson, conductor) – 16 May 2016

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