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West Side Story

  1. Piccolo, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone
  2. Piccolo, flute, E-flat clarinet [optional], clarinet, alto saxophone
  3. [optional] Piccolo, flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone
  4. Clarinet, bass clarinet [to low C], baritone saxophone [to low A]
  5. [optional] Bassoon


  1. Updated per information received from Alex Preston

  2. Updated per information received from BJ Perez III

  3. Bret Pimentel says:

    Updated per information received from Richard Krishnan (reed 4 baritone saxophone requires low A).

  4. Ben Kelley says:

    If you’re curious, here’s the percentage of the book on each instrument. I only counted measures with actual notes (ignoring long rests):

    Bass clarinet: 58%
    Bari sax: 33%
    Bb clarinet: 9%

    There’s also a bunch of “alternate” cues written into the part, so that the Reed 3 and Reed 5 books can be totally covered by the other players. Here’s the split if you play all the alternate notes:

    Bass clarinet: 45%
    Bari sax: 34%
    Bb clarinet: 19%
    Flute: 1% (55 measures — nothing too critical, though)

    There’s a LOT of low C (bass) and low A (bari) in this book. It’s playable without them – that’s what I did, since I was using borrowed instruments – but it just wasn’t as good. Try as hard as you can to get the right instruments!

  5. Scott Porreca says:

    A couple of corrections for the Reed 3 book:

    #6, measure 93 – A# not A natural

    #8, measure 99 – the last note of the triplet on beat 3 is A# not A natural

    #10, measure 128 – the bar only has 3 1/2 beats. There is a C natural 8th note missing from the and of 4

    #13d, measure 158 – C# not C natural

  6. Alex Kaufman says:

    I have recently played this in a community theater. Reed 2 also has bass clarinet, but it is very minimal. Reed 4 also has flute, put it is also very minimal.

  7. Alain LeMelle Sullivan says:

    I meant to comment when I used this book years ago, but the Reed 4 of this printing is littered with typos, it’s migraine-inducing. Just a disclaimer for anyone to really check each note meticulously. Sorry for not keeping a hard copy of all the needed changes!

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