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Make Our Garden Grow

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Joseph Kreines)

Subtitle: From Candide

General Info

Year: 1956 / 2017
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbals
  • Vibraphone

SATB Choir (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From Leonard Bernstein's 1956 operetta Candide, the remarkably beautiful closing number has gone on to become a beloved and familiar classic, taking on a life all its own. Arranged here for younger bands, this setting allows all the natural beauty of the melody to shine through as the music moves from delicate scoring in the opening to a powerful climax by the full ensemble.

- Program Note from publisher

Near the end of the operetta, Candide and and his love Cunegonde sing Make Our Garden Grow, in which Candide realizes that the only purpose of living is to cultivate the earth and to create a garden.

- Program Note from the University of Texas Symphony Band concert program, 30 November 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) - 6 February 2023
  • Young Harris College (Young Harris, Ga.) Concert Band (Hayes Bunch, conductor) - 24 September 2022
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) - 3 May 2021
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Joe D. Moore, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • South Forsyth Middle School (Cumming, Ga.) Symphonic Band (Andrew Poor, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
  • Emporia State University (Overland Park, Ks.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Ziek, conductor) - 23 November 2019
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble (Erik Leung, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor; University of Texas Concert Chorale) – 27 September 2019
  • Sul Ross State University (Uvalde, Tx.) Communiversity Band (Jeffrey J. Meyer, director) - 4 July 2019
  • Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (Bridgewater Township, N.J.) (Christopher G. Sumner, conductor) – 23 April 2019 (ACB 2019 Annual Convention (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.))
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Michael Butler, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Cummings, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Stephen G. Peterson, conductor) – 4 November 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 2 November 2018
  • Elmhurst (Ill.) College Wind Ensemble (John Heath, conductor) – 14 October 2018
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Reed, conductor) – 10 October 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Kehler, conductor) – 13 September 2018
  • Marion (Mass.) Concert Band (Tobias Monte, conductor) - 24 August 2018
  • Allegheny College (Meadville, Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) - 15 June 2018

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


None discovered thus far.