Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’ for Chamber Orchestra


This arrangement was made in 2011, and was performed on numerous occasions by the Aurora Orchestra. It possesses the brilliance and colour of the full version, combined with the lightness and clarity of a smaller theatre band performance.


Unfortunately the Bernstein Estate have not given permission for publication or any further performances, so this arrangement is no longer available.


Instrumentation: flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bassoon, alto saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, strings (c. 4, 4, 3, 2, 1), piano, harp, 2 percussionists (Bongos (3), F# Chime, Glockenspiel, Gourd, Latin Timbales (2), Police Whistle, Small maracas, Tambourine, Timpani (2), Vibraphone, Xylophone), 1 drum kit (Choke cymbal, Crash cymbal, Ride cymbal, Suspended cymbal, 4 Pitched Drums (Tom toms), Bass drum, Hi-Hat, Snare drum, Cow bells (2), Finger cymbals, Triangle, Wood block)


Listen to a performance of this arrangement here.