Da da da - da da dada-da - da da da DA! MAMBO!
Waking up to West Side Story was way to cool man, coo!
Imagine rendering West Side Story with GPOA and JABB! The rhythm textures alone would be quite a challenge yet alone the orchestration.
So, what's the point of this post? I dunno, just thought I would Cher if Sonny doesn't mind. (there's always something there )
Wow! My FAVORITE American Composer for MORE than just his music - he was just a cool guy.
For my FIRST work in MIDI back in '96 or '97, I sequenced and rendered sections of Divertimento (1981). I got through about ½ of the last section, Boston Symphony Orchestra Forever! , and simply gave up (that, plus a nastygram from publisher Boosey-Hawkes).
The score 'twas kicking my bootie, but I still love it!!
I'll be performing "Something's Coming", "America" & "Tonight" (playing bass guitar) this Thurs-Sat. with our local performing group if anyone wants to come hear it.
We're doing those and about 35 other Broadway songs/meledies.
You should try playing percussion in this musical! I think Bernstein either loved percussionist or hated them. Regardless, COUNT!
I've never had the pleasure of playing in a pit for "West Side Story", but I did play bass for a production of "Wonderful Town", and I can tell you he felt the same way about bass<G>!
Bernstein is one of my all time favorite composers, the other two being Aaron Copeland and Samuel Barber (he wrote the alma mater for my highschool!)
I have several scores from all three composers, but I've never tried to render them... perhaps it is time! - I did do an electronic "realization" of a section of Barber's "Medea", suffice it to say it wasn't what I was going for