Leonard Bernstein West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein  West Side Story
Author: Nigel Simeone
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 177
Release: 2009
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0754664848

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West Side Story is one of the few Broadway musicals that can make a genuine claim to transforming the genre. Nigel Simeone begins by exploring the long process of creating West Side Story, including a discussion of Bernstein's sketches, early drafts of the score and script, as well as cut songs. The core of the book is the commentary on the music itself. West Side Story is one of the very few Broadway musicals for which there is a complete published orchestral score, as well as two different editions of the piano-vocal score. The survival of the original copied orchestral score, and the reminiscences of Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal, reveal details of the orchestration process, and the extent to which Bernstein was involved in this. Simeone concludes by placing West Side Story in the context of Bernstein's oeuvre as well as considering the lasting impact and reputation of the show.

West Side Story

West Side Story
Author: Leonard Bernstein,Arthur Laurents
Publsiher: Heinemann
Total Pages: 128
Release: 1972
Genre: American drama
ISBN: 0435235281

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This series of contemporary plays includes structured GCSE assignments for use by individuals or groups. These include questions which involve close reading, writing and discussion. This play places the "Romeo and Juliet" story in a New York gang-warfare context.

Leonard Bernstein West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein  West Side Story
Author: Nigel Simeone
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2017-07-05
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9781351560382

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One of the Broadway musicals that can genuinely claim to have transformed the genre, West Side Story has been featured in many books on Broadway, but it has yet to be the focus of a scholarly monograph. Nigel Simeone begins by exploring the long process of creating West Side Story, including a discussion of Bernstein's sketches, early drafts of the score and script, as well as cut songs. The core of the book is a commentary on the music itself. West Side Story is one of the very few Broadway musicals for which there is a complete published orchestral score, as well as two different editions of the piano-vocal score. The survival of the original copied orchestral score, and the reminiscences of Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal, reveal details of the orchestration process, and the extent to which Bernstein was involved in this. Simeone's commentary considers: musical characteristics and compositional techniques used to mirror the drama (for example, the various uses of the tritone), motivic development, the use and reinvention of Broadway and other conventions, the creation of dramatic continuity in the score through the use of motifs and other devices, the unusual degree of dissonance and rhythmic complexity (at least for the time), and the integration of Latin-American dance forms (Mambo, Huapango and so on). Simeone also considers the reception of West Side Story in the contemporary press. The stir the show caused included the response that it was the angular, edgy score that made it a remarkable achievement. Not all reviews were uncritical. Finally, the book looks in detail at the making of the original Broadway cast recording, made in just one day, included on the accompanying downloadable resources.

The Leonard Bernstein Letters

The Leonard Bernstein Letters
Author: Leonard Bernstein
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 625
Release: 2013-10-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780300186543

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“With their intellectual brilliance, humor and wonderful eye for detail, Leonard Bernstein’s letters blow all biographies out of the water.”—The Economist (2013 Book of the Year) Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician—a brilliant conductor who attained international superstar status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), film scores (On the Waterfront), and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this book is the first to present a wide-ranging selection of his correspondence. The letters have been selected for the insights they offer into the passions of his life—musical and personal—and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities. Bernstein’s letters tell much about this complex man, his collaborators, his mentors, and others close to him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, among others, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph Green, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family members including his wife Felicia and his sister Shirley. The majority of these letters have never been published before. They have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the breadth of Bernstein’s musical interests, his constant struggle to find the time to compose, his turbulent and complex sexuality, his political activities, and his endless capacity for hard work. Beyond all this, these writings provide a glimpse of the man behind the legends: his humanity, warmth, volatility, intellectual brilliance, wonderful eye for descriptive detail, and humor. “The correspondence from and to the remarkable conductor is full of pleasure and insights.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) “Exhaustive, thrilling [and] indispensable.”—USA Today (starred review)

The Making of West Side Story

The Making of West Side Story
Author: Keith Garebian
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2003-07
Genre: Musicals
ISBN: 1903111625

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Brooke s romeus and Juliet

Brooke s  romeus and Juliet
Author: Arthur Brooke
Publsiher: Franklin Classics
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2018-10-07
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0341764582

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

West Side Story

West Side Story
Author: Elizabeth A. Wells
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2011
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9780810876668

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Offers a history of the creation of West Side Story and looks at the musical from a variety of cultural and historical perspectives--from Latin American influences to feminist perspectives to what the work has to say about juvenile delinquency in the 1950s--in a book that includes photos, a timeline, a discography and a cast and crew list.

Something s Coming Something Good

Something s Coming  Something Good
Author: Misha Berson
Publsiher: Applause Theatre & Cinema
Total Pages: 279
Release: 2011
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781557837660

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A critical and comprehensive exploration of the influential Broadway musical analyzes West Side Story against a backdrop of its cultural period while considering its reflection of both classical Shakespeare conflicts and modern youth issues. Original.

West Side Story Gypsy and the Art of Broadway Orchestration

West Side Story  Gypsy  and the Art of Broadway Orchestration
Author: Paul Laird
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2021-11-19
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9780429662737

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In this ground-breaking study, Paul Laird examines the process and effect of orchestration in West Side Story and Gypsy, two musicals that were among the most significant Broadway shows of the 1950s, and remain important in the modern repertory. Drawing on extensive archival research with original manuscripts, Laird provides a detailed account of the process of orchestration for these musicals, and their context in the history of Broadway orchestration. He argues that the orchestration plays a vital role in the characterization and plot development in each major musical number, opening a new avenue for analysis that deepens our understanding of the musical as an art form. The orchestration of the score in Broadway musicals deeply shapes their final soundscapes, but only recently has it begun to receive real attention. Linked by a shared orchestrator, in other ways West Side Story and Gypsy offer a study in contrasts. Breaking down how the two composers, Leonard Bernstein and Jules Styne, collaborated with orchestrators Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal, and Robert Ginzler, Laird’s study enables us to better understand both of these two iconic shows, and the importance of orchestration within musical theatre in general.

First 50 Songs You Should Play on the Viola

First 50 Songs You Should Play on the Viola
Author: Hal Leonard Corp.
Publsiher: Hal Leonard
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2019-12-01
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9781540084170

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(Instrumental Folio). If you've been playing viola for a little while, you are probably eager to learn some familiar songs. This book includes a wide variety of favorite songs, from pop hits and movie themes to classical melodies and folk songs, many of which originally featured viola!Songs include: All of Me * All You Need Is Love * Circle of Life * Fight Song * Happy * I Will Always Love You * Just Give Me a Reason * Let It Go * Perfect * See You Again * This Is Me * Uptown Funk * Viva La Vida * You Raise Me Up * and more.

A Study Guide for Leonard Bernstein Stephen Sondheim s West Side Story

A Study Guide for Leonard Bernstein Stephen Sondheim  s  West Side Story
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2016
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781410341785

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A Study Guide for Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim 's "West Side Story," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.

Big Book of Cello Songs Songbook

Big Book of Cello Songs  Songbook
Author: Hal Leonard Corp.
Publsiher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2007-09-01
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9781476871165

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(Instrumental Folio). Instrumentalists will love these collections of 130 popular solos, including: Another One Bites the Dust * Any Dream Will Do * Bad Day * Beauty and the Beast * Breaking Free * Clocks * Edelweiss * God Bless the U.S.A. * Heart and Soul * I Will Remember You * Imagine * Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye * Satin Doll * United We Stand * You Raise Me Up * and more.

Selections from West Side Story

Selections from West Side Story
Author: Leonard Bernstein,Stephen Sondheim,Carol Klose
Publsiher: One Piano Four Hands
Total Pages: 55
Release: 2007
Genre: Music
ISBN: STANFORD:36105123688108

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(Piano Duet Selections). Eight piano duets from the beloved musical: America * Cool * I Feel Pretty * Maria * One Hand, One Heart * Something's Coming * Somewhere * Tonight.

Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz

Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz
Author: Katherine Baber
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-03-16
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9780252051210

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Leonard Bernstein's gifts for drama and connecting with popular audiences made him a central figure in twentieth century American music. Though a Bernstein work might reference anything from modernism to cartoon ditties, jazz permeated every part of his musical identity as a performer, educator, and intellectual. Katherine Baber investigates how jazz in its many styles served Bernstein as a flexible, indeed protean, musical idea. As she shows, Bernstein used jazz to signify American identity with all its tensions and contradictions and to articulate community and conflict, irony and parody, and timely issues of race and gender. Baber provides a thoughtful look at how Bernstein's use of jazz grew out of his belief in the primacy of tonality, music's value as a unique form of human communication, and the formation of national identity in music. She also offers in-depth analyses of On the Town, West Side Story, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and other works to explore fascinating links between Bernstein's art and issues like eclecticism, music's relationship to social engagement, black-Jewish relations, and his own musical identity.

West Side Story

West Side Story
Author: Richard Barrios,Turner Classic Movies
Publsiher: Running Press Adult
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2020-06-30
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780762469468

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A captivating, richly illustrated full account of the making of the ground-breaking movie classic West Side Story (1961). A major hit on Broadway, on film West Side Story became immortal-a movie different from anything that had come before, but this cinematic victory came at a price. In this engrossing volume, film historian Richard Barrios recounts how the drama and rivalries seen onscreen played out to equal intensity behind-the-scenes, while still achieving extraordinary artistic feats. The making and impact of West Side Story has so far been recounted only in vestiges. In the pages of this book, the backstage tale comes to life along with insight on what has made the film a favorite across six decades: its brilliant use of dance as staged by erstwhile co-director Jerome Robbins; a meaningful story, as set to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's soundtrack; the performances of a youthful ensemble cast featuring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and more; a film with Shakespearean roots (Romeo and Juliet) that is simultaneously timeless and current. West Side Story was a triumph that appeared to be very much of its time; over the years it has shown itself to be eternal.