Manhattan Tower Overture

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Gordon Jenkins

Gordon Jenkins (arr. Glenn Osser)

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General Info

Year: 1946 / 1959
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Leeds
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo
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
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Manhattan Tower is a composition written by Gordon Jenkins in the 1940s and first issued to the public in 1946 as a two-disc 78-rpm set. It was considered quite innovative for its time and was quite warmly received by critics and the public alike. The 1946 Manhattan Tower combined mood music, original songs, spoken narration/dialogue, and sound effects to tell the story of a young man who travels to New York City for a visit. The tower referred to in the title is the apartment building in which he resides.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This medley of tunes in overture form from Manhattan Tower includes Never Leave Me, New York's My Home, Repeat After Me, Learnin' My Latin, Once Upon A Dream, The Party, Married I Can Always Get, and Show Less.

- Program Note from score


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsburg, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) - 22 March 2023
  • Nevada County Concert Band (G. "Mancho" Gonzalez, conductor) – 18 August 1996

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jenkins, G.; Osser, G. (1959). Manhattan Tower Overture [score]. Leeds Music: New York, N.Y.
  • Manhattan Tower. Wikipedia. Accessed 23 March 2023