Carousel (Reduced Orchestration)

Billy Bigelow, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker, falls in love with and marries the sweet but naive Julie Jordan. A stunning tale of hope, redemption, and the power of love.

Carousel (Reduced Orchestration)




Billy Bigelow, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker, falls in love with and marries the sweet but naive Julie Jordan. A stunning tale of hope, redemption, and the power of love.


The licensed orchestration is based on the Original Broadway Production although this reduction was created with some alterations in 2000.

When one thinks of Carousel, you probably don’t think about electronic keyboards but this reduced orchestration certainly has one. This Keyboard book primarily covers the accordion part and fills out and augments your live string section. It is not a particularly difficult book so an advanced high school student could play it but it would help to have some keyboard programming experience to be able to navigate the different instrument changes and articulations for the strings patches.


Keyboard Programmer: Kevin Roland


Book by: Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play “Liliom” by: Ferenc Molnár
Adapted by: Benjamin F. Glazer
Music orchestrated by: Jonathan Tunick
Original Orchestrations: Don Walker
Vocal arrangements by: Andy Einhorn
Dance arrangements by: David Chase
Original Dance Arrangements: Trude Rittmann
Musical Director: Andy Einhorn
Musical Supervisor: Andy Einhorn

Conducted by: Andy Einhorn
Associate Conductor: Charles duChateau
Concertmistress: Cenovia Cummins
Violin: Martin Agee, Kristina Musser, Robert Zubrycki, Rachel Handman and Ming Yeh
Viola: Carla Fabiani and Chris Cardona
Cello: Alon Bisk and Charles duChateau
Clarinet/Flute: James Ercole and Mark Lopeman
Oboe/English Horn: Keve Wilson
Flute/Piccolo: John Romeri
Bassoon/Bass Clarinet: Ron Jannelli
Trumpet: Tim Schadt and John Dent
Trombone: Jason Jackson
Bass Trombone/Tuba: Chris Olness
French Horn: Lawrence DiBello Jr. and David Byrd-Marrow
Harp: Kathryn Andrews
Bass: Ray Kilday
Accordion/Celeste: William Schimmel
Drums/Percussion: Paul Pizzuti
Musical Coordinator: Seymour Red Press
Associate Musical Coordinator: Kimberlee Wertz
Music Copyist: Katharine Edmonds and Emily Grishman Music Preparation



In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the gentle millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent ‘up there.’ Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.


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