"Overture" from West Side Story

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Leonard Bernstein--United States

  An overture is a short composition played by the orchestra at the beginning of an opera or musical.  Itís meant to set the tone of the story and introduce some of the musical themes that will be heard.   In this case youíll hear bits of the songs from West Side Story, American composer and conductor Leonard Bernsteinís musical based on Shakespeareís Romeo and Juliet.   

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