West Side Story

  1. Piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone
  2. E-flat clarinet, clarinet, bass clarinet
  3. Piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  4. Piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, bass saxophone
  5. Bassoon


  1. Christian says:

    Anyone know how much bass clarinet is in book 4?

    • Not that much.

      I suggest you consult the full score of the original orchestration published by Boosey & Hawkes to remember Reed IV – I have played this part.

      There’s a lot of Bass Sax, which doesn’t sit that well on Bass Clarinet IMHO as there’s much writing near the break. Also changes from Bass sax to high Piccolo stretches the chops somewhat but the part is mostly flute. Bass sax is essential.

      Reed IV Bass Clarinet in:
      3) Something’s Coming (important part – some Flt)
      3a) (same)
      8b) Under Dialogue
      11) The Rumble (1 piccolo note at the end!)

      It’s a blast of a part.

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