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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
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
Bb Trumpet/Flugelhorn I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 5 February 2020
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 29 October 2019
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 28 April 2019
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Wind Ensemble (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) - 18 April 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Sharon Toulouse, conductor) – 25 March 2019
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 20 February 2019
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Derrick Shaw, conductor) - 19 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • Caldwell (N.J.) University Wind Ensemble (Rebecca Vega, conductor) - 7 December 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (James Spinazzola, conductor) – 17 November 2018
  • St. Norbert Community Band (De Pere, Wisc.) (Philip Klickman, conductor) – 12 November 2018
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Derrick Shaw, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 5 November 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 2 November 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Eric LaPrade, conductor) – 1 November 2018
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) - 26 October 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 23 October 2018
  • Bevers Harmonieorkest (Belgium) (Bert Decavel, conductor) - 9 January 2015

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


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