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Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story"

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (trans. Paul Lavender)

General Info

Year: 1967 / 2008
Duration: c. 22:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $595.00   |   Score Only - $75.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. Prologue
2. Somewhere
3. Scherzo
4. Mambo
5. Cha-Cha
6. Meeting Scene
7. Cool
8. Rumble
9. Finale


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II
Bb Trumpet/Flugelhorn I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Choke Cymbals
  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gourd
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Pitched Drum
  • Police Whistle
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Tom
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story was first performed by the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own," with Col. Michael J. Colburn conducting, as part of the Marine Band's fall tours in 2006 and 2007.

- Program Note from score

Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” was first performed by the New York Philharmonic on an all-Bernstein concert in 1961, four years after the opening of West Side Story on Broadway. The songs of the musical had immediately become popular standards, while at the same time the dance music had been sophisticated enough to find its way into the concert hall, similar to music of a ballet. Most composers for Broadway were songwriters who did not write their own dance music, but Bernstein, a fully trained composer who had already written two formal ballets, crafted these remarkable dances himself.

The suite encompasses Mambo, a competitive dance between the gangs; Cha-Cha, when Tony and Maria see one another for the first time; and the Finale, love music and a procession that recalls the ever-popular aria Somewhere, but now with a more tragic sentiment.

- Program Notes by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble concert program, 28 February 2015

Commercial Discography

Audio Links

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Bernstein, L.; Lavender, P. (2008). Symphonic Dances from West Side Story [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [s.l.].