West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein

Year

1957


Duration

89'


Instrumentation

voices - Jets: 10 male, 6 female; Sharks: 10 male, 6 female; 4 adults (non-singing); orchestration: Reed I(=picc,fl,asax,cl).Reed II(=Ebcl,cl).Reed III(=bcl,tsax,cl,ob, corA).Reed IV(=cl,fl.picc,bsax).Reed V(bn) - 2.3.2.0 - timp-4perc-pft(=cel)-egtr(=gtr,mand) - 7.0.0.4.1; reduced version: Reed I(=cl,asax,fl). Reed II(=tsax,cl).Reed III(=barsax,cl,bcl) - 0.3(III=ad lib).2(II=ad lib).0 - 2perc-pft(=cond.)-gtr - 2vln(ad lib).vlc.db


Genre

Stage Work with Guitar


Text/Libretto

Book: Arthur Laurents; Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim


Premiere

New York, Winter Garden Theatre, 26 September 1957: Jerome Robbins, choreographer and director / Max Goberman, conductor


Comment

Orchestrations: Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal and Leonard Bernstein


Source

composer website; Boosey & Hawkes website;