A Revision Booklet for West Side Story (OCR A level Music)

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Musical numbers
Act 1
1. "Prologue" (Instrumental) ­ Jets and Sharks
2. "Jet Song" ­ Riff, Action, Baby John, A-rab, Big Deal and Jets
3. "Something's Coming" ­ Tony
4. "Dance At The Gym" (Instrumental) ­ Jets and Sharks
"Blues"
"Promenade"
"Mambo"
"Cha-cha"
"Meeting Scene" ­ Tony and Maria
"Jump"
5. "Maria" ­ Tony
6. "Balcony Scene (Tonight)" ­ Tony and Maria Extended Scene 1
7. "America" ­ Anita, Rosalia, Shark Girls
8. "Cool" ­ Riff and Jets
9. "One Hand, One Heart" ­ Tony and Maria
10. "Tonight Quintet and Chorus" ­ Anita, Tony, Maria, Bernardo,
Riff, Jets and Sharks Extended Scene 2
11. "The Rumble" (Dance) ­ Jets and Sharks
Act 2
"Entr'acte" (Instrumental)
12. "I Feel Pretty" ("Me Siento Hermosa" in the 2009 revival) ­ Maria,
Consuelo, Rosalia, Teresita, Francisca and Shark Girls
13.
"Ballet Sequence" ­ Tony and Maria
"Transition to Scherzo" ­ Instrumental
"Scherzo" ­ Instrumental

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Somewhere" (Song and Dance) ­ Company and "Dream Consuelo" (in the
2009 revival, "Kiddo", Tony, Maria, and Company)
"Procession and Nightmare" ­ Jets and Sharks
14. "Gee, Officer Krupke" ­ Action, A-rab, Diesel, Baby John and the Jets
15. "A Boy Like That" ("Un Hombre Así" in the 2009 revival) / "I Have A
Love" ­ Anita and Maria
16. "Taunting Scene" (Instrumental) ­ Anita and Jets
17. "Finale" ­ Tony and Maria
Maria
"Maria" is sung by Tony.…read more

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Balcony Scene
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Important Feature Bar Number Notes
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America" is a well known chorus number from West Side Story. Leonard
Bernstein composed the music; Stephen Sondheim wrote the song's lyrics. It is
well known for using a mixed meter:
In the original stage version of the musical, Anita (the girlfriend of the leader
of the Sharks, and the musical's most important female character besides
Maria) literally sings the praises of the United States of America, while a fellow
Puerto Rican immigrant, Rosalia, sings in favor of Puerto Rico.…read more

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Important Feature Bar Number Notes
One Hand, One Heart
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Tonight (Quintet and Chorus)
The song is used to show anticipation to the coming night, which will end up being
the climactic part of the play. The "Tonight Quintet" is sung in five parts: the Jets, the
Sharks, Tony, Maria, and Anita. The song begins with the parts sung in turn, and
then overlapping and building to the final line, "Tonight," sung by the ensemble with
multiple harmonies.…read more

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The Rumble
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How is tonality used in the two extended scenes you have looked
at?
How are different styles, rhythms and tempos used- what do
they symbolise?
Describe the vocal writing in these two scenes.…read more

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How is drama created in each scene? Think about
instrumentation, texture, rhythm, melody, harmony and
structure. Use the table below.
Feature Song How does this create drama?
and bar
Rhythm (Tempo di America Creates contrasted image of the Sharks'
Huapango) native Puerto Rica while they discuss
contrasts between America and their old
home in the lyrics.…read more

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