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Selections from "Carousel" (arr Custer)

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Richard Rodgers (arr. Calvin Custer)


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General Info

Year: 1945 / 1995
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Williamson Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


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Errata

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Program Notes

Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics). The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline.

The story revolves around carousel barker Billy Bigelow, whose romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He attempts a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child; after it goes wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. A secondary plot line deals with millworker Carrie Pipperidge and her romance with ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. The show includes the well-known songs If I Loved You, June Is Bustin' Out All Over and You'll Never Walk Alone. Richard Rodgers later wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals.

The musical required considerable modification during out-of-town tryouts, but once it opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945, it was an immediate hit with both critics and audiences. Carousel initially ran for 890 performances and duplicated its success in the West End in 1950. Though it has never achieved as much commercial success as Oklahoma!, the piece has been repeatedly revived, and has been recorded several times. In 1999, Time magazine named Carousel the best musical of the 20th century.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 30 October 2016


Works for Winds by this Composer

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Resources

  • Carousel (musical), Wikipedia Accessed 10 May 2016
  • Rodgers, R.; Custer, C. (1995). Selections from Carousel [score]. Williamson Music: [United States]