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Oklahoma!

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Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett; adapt. R Mark Rogers)


General Info

Year: 1943 / 1997
Duration: c. 13:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo (doubling Flute)
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I
Oboe II/ English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
F Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood blocks (2)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Although most of his great show medleys were done in both orchestra and band versions, Oklahoma was only done in an orchestra version. Now faithfully adapted for band by Mark Rogers, this superb medley includes: Oklahoma; The Farmer And The Cowman; People will Say We're in Love; Out of My Dreams; Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'; Pore Jud is Daid; The Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Many a New Day; Kansas City; Farmer Dance and I Cain't Say No.

- Program Note by publisher


The musical show Oklahoma was the first on which Richard Rodgers collaborated with the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. They went on to become one of the greatest songwriting teams in musical history.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Oklahoma! is justly renowned as one of the most important of all works composed for the American musical theater. This show began the celebrated collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, both of whom were well-known figures on Broadway. Recognizing the need to secure the services of the finest talent in every area of this musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein selected Robert Russell Bennett, well known to us as the composer of the Suite of Old American Dances and Symphonic Songs for Band, to orchestrate their new show. Bennett was without question the finest orchestrator and arranger of his day. This set of selections from Oklahoma! has been faithfully transcribed for band from the masterful orchestral medley that Bennett constructed in 1944.

- Program Note by the Brentwood Concert Band


Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.

The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943. It was a box-office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation. It has long been a popular choice for school and community productions. Rodgers and Hammerstein won a special Pulitzer Prize for Oklahoma! in 1944.

This musical, building on the innovations of the earlier Show Boat, epitomized the development of the "book musical", a musical play where the songs and dances are fully integrated into a well-made story with serious dramatic goals that are able to evoke genuine emotions other than laughter. In addition, Oklahoma! features musical themes, or motifs, that recur throughout the work to connect the music and story.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble (Batavia, N.Y.) (Philip J. Briatico, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 21 October 2018
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 6 May 2018
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 18 September 2016
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michael Colburn, conductor) - 17 June 2016
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) – 24 January 2016
  • Brentwood (Calif.) Concert Band (Susan Stuart, conductor) - 7 February 2015
  • Heart of Texas Concert Band (San Antonio) - 22 May 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


References

  • Oklahoma!, Wikipedia Accessed 17 August 2016
  • Rodgers, R; Hammerstein, O.; Bennett, R.; Rogers, M. (1997). Oklahoma! [score]. Williamson Music: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 512.