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Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers (arr. Paul Yoder)


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General Info

Year: 1945 / 1964
Duration:
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Condensed Score
C Piccolo
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
Cornets I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This medley includes Carousel Waltz, If I Loved You, June Is Bustin' Out all Over, A Real Nice Clambake, What's the Use of Wond'rin, and A Real Nice Clambake.


Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics). The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline.

The story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it goes wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. The show includes the well-known songs "If I Loved You", "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". Richard Rodgers later wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals.

The musical required considerable modification during out-of-town tryouts, but once it opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945, it was an immediate hit with both critics and audiences. Carousel initially ran for 890 performances and duplicated its success in the West End in 1950. Though it has never achieved as much commercial success as Oklahoma!, the piece has been repeatedly revived, and has been recorded several times. In 1999, Time magazine named Carousel the best musical of the 20th century.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) - 5 May 2019
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Kurt Wackerly, conductor) - 4 July 2017
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glen Moore, conductor) - 4 July 2017
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 1 May 2016


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Carousel (musical), Wikipedia Accessed 10 May 2016
  • Rodgers, R.; Hammerstein, O.; Yoder, P. (1964). Carousel [score]. Williams Music Inc.: New York.