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Selections from "Wonderful Town"

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. Marcel Saurer)


General Info

Year: 1953
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Editions Marc Reift
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – CHF 265.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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 Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Bass Guitar (optional)
Piano/Guitar (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Tambourine
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Wonderful Town is a 1953 musical with book written by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Leonard Bernstein. The musical tells the story of two sisters who aspire to be a writer and actress, respectively, seeking success from their basement apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village. It is based on Fields and Chodorov's 1940 play My Sister Eileen, which in turn originated from autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney first published in The New Yorker in the late 1930s and later published in book form as My Sister Eileen.

Wonderful Town premiered on Broadway in 1953, starring Rosalind Russell in the role of Ruth Sherwood, Edie Adams as Eileen Sherwood, and George Gaynes as Robert Baker. It won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress. It is a lighter piece than Bernstein's later works, West Side Story and Candide, but none of the songs have become as popular.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


This medley by Marcel Saurer includes the tunes Overture, Ballet At The Village Vortex, Swing, and Conga.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 17 April 2018

  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 7 February 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


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