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Gee, Officer Krupke

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Paul Murtha)


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Subtitle: From 'West Side Story'


General Info

Year: 1957 / 2015
Duration: c. 2:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drumset
  • Police Siren
  • Ratchet
  • Slide Whistle
  • Tam-Tam
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Gee, Officer Krupke is a satirical novelty song from the music play West Side Story (1967). Two of the Jets gang, A-Rab and Baby John, are set upon by Officer Krupke, a New York police officer, but they manage to escape him. They meet the rest of the gang. To cheer themselves up, they lampoon Officer Krupke, and the other adults who don't understand them.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Coastal Communities Concert Band (San Diego, California) (Tom Cole, conductor) – 18 August 2019
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor)– 28 April 2019
  • Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band (Farmington) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 16 December 2018
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Marion (Mass.) Concert Band (Tobias Monte, conductor) - 24 August 2018
  • Western Reserve Community Band (Hudson, Ohio) (Ralph Meyer, conductor) - 19 August 2018
  • Atlantic Pops (Atlantic City, N.J.) (Mark Kadetsky, conductor) – 8 December 2017
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 5 November 2016
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Budd, conductor) – 31 January 2016


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


Resources

  • Bernstein, L.; Murtha, P. (2015). Gee, Officer Krupke: From West Side Story [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • West Side Story, Wikipedia Accessed 23 January 2016