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 West Side Story alternate orchestration
Author: rcnelson 
Date:   2016-02-15 19:53

There have been previous threads on West Side Story. I know how the standard orchestration breaks down in terms of the reed books, which book has the lead parts, but what about the alternate orchestration? The one that is:

REED 1 ALTO SAXOPHONE , Bb CLARINET , FLUTE , PICCOLO
REED 2 ALTO SAXOPHONE , Bb CLARINET , Eb CLARINET , FLUTE , PICCOLO
REED 3 Bb CLARINET , FLUTE , PICCOLO , TENOR SAXOPHONE
REED 4 Bb CLARINET , BARITONE SAXOPHONE , BASS CLARINET
REED 5 BASSOON

Is Reed 1 the primary flute book, reed 2 the lead clarinet book? What about those oboe and English Horn parts that are essential to the original?

Am booked to do the show in April. Have been waiting almost 40 years for the opportunity. Should have the book(s) this week, and am guessing we are doing the alternate orchestration.

So any information will be appreciated.

Ron
Selmer Mark VI tenor (1957), Selmer Mark VII alto (1975)
Buescher True Tone soprano (1924), Selmer CL210 Bb Clarinet, Gemeinhardt Flute


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 Re: West Side Story alternate orchestration
Author: BbMajorBoy 
Date:   2016-06-29 14:05

Hi Ron,

Would you mind sharing your thoughts on the alternate orchestration? Im playing reed 2 in August so any information would be great.

Thanks

Leonard Bernstein: "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time."

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 Re: West Side Story alternate orchestration
Author: BbMajorBoy 
Date:   2016-06-29 14:05

Double post.

Leonard Bernstein: "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time."

Post Edited (2016-07-01 19:38)

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 Re: West Side Story alternate orchestration
Author: rcnelson 
Date:   2016-06-29 21:43

As it turned out, we ended up using the original. I was primarily Reed 1 but pulled the lead clarinet parts out of reed 2 when needed. We had 1 other read player who played the oboe and Eng Horn stuff out of reed 3 plus a few clarinet parts transposed to oboe. A very small pit (2 violins, 2 trumpets, horn, the 2 reed players, the MD on keys, bass and drums) but it came off fairly well. SO...I unfortunately can't answer your question on the alternate orchestration.

Ron
Selmer Mark VI tenor (1957), Selmer Mark VII alto (1975)
Buescher True Tone soprano (1924), Selmer CL210 Bb Clarinet, Gemeinhardt Flute


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