Leonard Bernstein, composer
Ian Polster, arranger
Now a concert piece in its own right, the Symphonic Dance Music has
been excerpted from West Side Story and scored for band by Ian Polster.
The movements are: Scherzo, Mambo, Cha-Cha, and
The Scherzo is quick and bright and features the woodwinds in a
staccato style with constantly changing meter.
The Mambo is fast and ebullient with brass figures predominating.
The Cha-Cha is measured and graceful, a quiet respite from the marcato
rhythms of the Mambo.
The Fugue features swing-style boppy rhythms against long, tense
The entire suite features jazz style writing, and uses over twenty percussion