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West Side Story: Selection

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (arr. William James Duthoit)

General Info

Year: 1957 / 1959
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Solo Soprano 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 I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongoes
  • Brushes
  • Castagnets
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hit-Hat
  • Maracas
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Flute. 5 meas. after reh. 17, beat 1: E should read C
Oboe. 7 meas. after reh. 8, beat 3: add "3" above beats 3 and 4 to indicate the triplet figure continues
Solo B-flat Clarinet. 13 meas. after reh. 7: add reh. 8
2nd B-flat Clarinet. 7 meas. after reh. 18, beat 4: G natural should read F natural
B-flat Bass Clarinet. 3 meas. after reh. 1, beat 2: remove duration dot from half note
B-flat Bass Clarinet. 20 meas. after reh. 9: notes on the offbeats should be moved to sound on the beat (as in the measures before and after)
1st Bassoon. 10 meas. after reh. 13, beat 2: F should read D
2nd Bassoon. 10 meas. after reh. 13: notes are faded and cracked in some printings
1st E-flat Alto Saxophone. 7 meas. before reh. 17, beat 1: D-sharp should read C-sharp
2nd E-flat Alto Saxophone. 7 meas. before reh. 17, beat 1: D-sharp should read C-sharp
2nd B-flat Cornet. 2 meas. before reh. 2, beat 3: E-flat should read D
1st & 2nd B-flat Trumpets. 6 meas. after reh. 14, beat 2 (upper voice): B should read A
1st & 2nd B-flat Trumpets. 10 meas. after reh. 20, beat 2: D should read E-flat
1st & 2nd Horns in F. 22 meas. after reh. 13: add reh. no. “14” (delete reh. 14 from following measure)
1st & 2nd Horns in F. 1 meas. before reh. 20, beat 2 (lower voice): add courtesy natural sign to E
1st & 2nd Horns in F. 9 meas. before reh. 17: C sharp should read C natural
1st Trombone. 5 meas. after reh. 17: E should read C
3rd (Bass) Trombone. 2 meas. after reh. 7: add courtesy note “mute in”
Baritone (T.C. and B.C.) have bad page turns which can be fixed by creating a cover page and inverting the printed page turn.

Program Notes

West Side Story was Bernstein's greatest popular success. Characterized as an America Romeo and Juliet, the work is noted for its "extraordinary dance sequences, melodic characterization, musical continuity, cohesive plot construction, and excellent orchestration." With a romantic setting against a background of social and racial and ethnic strife, Bernstein's music reflects the countless emotions which permeate Stephen Sondheim's lyrics. From a basic mood of studied nonchalance and defiance by the juvenile set, the music at times becomes devout and tender or, in contrasting sections, dynamic in intensity. Songs included are I Feel Pretty, Maria, Something's Coming, Tonight, One Hand, One Heart, Cool, and America.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Clay Redfield, conductor) – 11 March 2020
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 12 May 2018
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) University Band (Corey Jahlas, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.) Band (J. Thomas Seddon IV, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Campus Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 8 March 2019
  • Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBon, conductor) - 10 February 2019
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 22 October 2018
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (William Schuetter, conductor) – 21 October 2018
  • Little Rock (Ark.) Wind Symphony (Israel Getzov, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Marion (Mass.) Concert Band (Tobias Monte, conductor) - 24 August 2018
  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) - 11 August 2018
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 4 July 2018
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) - 10 Jun 2018
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Paul Bryan, conductor) – 12 May 2018
  • Callanwode Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Robert Meehan, conductor) - 6 May 2018
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) County Band (Leonard Lutz, conductor) - 29 April 2018
  • Northwest Missouri State University Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 12 April 2018
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) – 21 January 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


  • Bernstein, L.; Sondheim, S.; Duthoit, W. [1958]. West Side Story: Selection [score]. Schirmer and Chappell: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 63.