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Leonard Bernstein (arr. John Krance)

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Subtitle: Third Sailor's Dance from the Ballet 'Fancy Free'

General Info

Year: 1944 / 1963
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty:(see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Harms
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.


Full Score
Condensed Score
C Piccolo
1st Flute, 2nd Flute
1st Oboe, 2nd Oboe
1st Bassoon, 2nd Bassoon
Eb Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, 3rd Bb Clarinet
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
1st Alto Saxophone, 2nd Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Bass Saxophone
1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, 3rd Bb Cornet
1st Bb Trumpet, 2nd Bb Trumpet
1st Horn in F, 2nd Horn in F, 3rd Horn in F, 4th Horn in F
1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone, 3rd Trombone
Baritone (Treble)
Baritone (Bass)
String Bass
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fancy Free is a ballet by Jerome Robbins, made on Ballet Theatre, to a score by Leonard Bernstein. The premiere took place on Tuesday, April 18th, 1944, at the old Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

The scene is a bar and the outside sidewalk in New York City, in wartime. Three sailors on liberty boisterously arrive, have a drink (two of their number conning the third into paying), and head outside looking for female companionship. A beautiful girl passes by and the three sailors vie for her attention. She demurs and escapes, pursued by two of the sailors. The third, having been left in the dust, encounters another beautiful passer-by, and invites her to have a drink with him. He impresses her with a pantomime of his military exploits, and they dance a passionate pas-de-deux.

The other two sailors arrive with the first girl, who recognizes the second girl as a friend. The sailors realize their predicament: Three men, but only two girls. The couples dance and change partners, with one always left dancing alone. Finally, it is decided that the three sailors will hold a contest, and the loser will go dateless. Each sailor performs a solo variation (a galop, a waltz, and a danzón), but they're so equally matched that the girls can't decide, and the boys come to blows. In the midst of the fistfight, the girls flee in terror. Seeing their dates vanish, the sailors pick themselves up, have another drink (again, the first two conning the third into paying) and head outside again. Another beautiful girl passes by, and the three sailors take off in hot pursuit.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Iowa: V
  • Louisiana: VI


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  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Skidmore Community Concert Band (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) (Milton Lee, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Symphony Band (Erin Colleen Cooper, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 5 November 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 23 April 2018
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Hannah Rudy, conductor) – 18 April 2018
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Symphonic Band (Jamal Duncan. conductor) – 5 March 2018
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Boston (Mass.) University Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 13 February 2018
  • Middlesex Concert Band (Wakefield, Mass.) (Mark Olson, conductor) – 10 June 2017
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Erin Colleen Cooper, conductor) – 13 October 2016
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Stephen Peterson, conductor) - 23 June 2016
  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 4 May 2016
  • Austin (Texas) Civic Wind Ensemble (Robert Laguna, conductor) - 9 November 2014
  • Sierra Nevada Wind (Yuba City, Calif.) (Robert Halseth, conductor) - 4 May 2013

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Cool (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Murtha) (1957/2018)
  • West Side Story (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Sweeney) (1957/2015)

All Wind Works


  • Bernsten, L.; Krance, J. (1950). Danzón: Third Sailor's Dance from the Ballet Fancy Free [score]. Harms: [s.l.]
  • Fancy Free (Ballet), Wikipedia
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 38. Print.