Cole Porter on Broadway

From Wind Repertory Project
Cole Porter

Cole Porter (arr. Warren Barker)

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Full Score
C Piccolo
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba (String Bass)
String Bass
Percussion (5-6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cole Porter is one of the great song writers of the Twentieth Century. He started to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the '30s his Broadway musicals were as popular as those of his contemporaries George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Jerome Kern. Arranger Warren Barker has melded nine of Porter’s tunes from that period into the delightful Cole Porter On Broadway.

Porter’s 1934 musical Anything Goes featured Ethel Merman. Her strong, brassy voice informed us that the conventions of the olden days were gone and now Anything Goes. Porter’s lyrics were clever, funny, and romantic with great nuances. Amorous situations were topics in You Do Something to Me (1929), Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) (1928), and What Is This Thing Called Love? (1929). The musical Anything Goes also featured one of Porter’s famous "list" songs, You’re The Top, with more than 60 comparisons to people, places, and things. References to a Bendel bonnet, Lady Aster, Arrow Shirt collars, and Phenolax might not be recognized by contemporary audiences, but the quick and witty responses are still appreciated. Just One Of Those Things was a lucky survivor of the 1935 musical Jubilee that ran for just 169 performances. The lyrics to Love For Sale were considered too explicit for radio broadcast in 1930, granting it instant notoriety. In his last Broadway show, The Gay Divorce, Fred Astaire sang Night and Day. It became one of Porter’s most recorded songs. This medley fittingly concludes with Blow, Gabriel, Blow from Anything Goes.

- Program Note from Foothill Symphonic Winds concert program, 11 June 2017


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Sacramento (Calif.) Concert Band (Grant Parker, conductor) - 5 June 2022
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Clay Redfield, conductor) – 11 March 2020
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 19 January 2019
  • Brock University (St. Catharines, Ont.) Wind Ensemble (Zoltan Kalman , conductor)– 4 December 2018
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) - 20 May 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 15 August 2017
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 11 June 2017
  • Rainbow City Band (Seattle, Wash.) – 22 March 2008

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: L-Z. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 234-235. Print.
  • Porter, C.; Barker, W. (1986). Cole Porter on Broadway [score]. Warner Music: [U.S.].