THE DAVID SHIRE COLLECTION

David Shire is a protean composer. He can do anything – film, theater, concert music – and usually better than anyone else of his generation. He makes me envious.”
Stephen Sondheim

Indeed, Shire is an Academy Award and two-time Grammy Award winner, and multiple Tony Award and Emmy Award nominee. His songs have been performed by many artists of note, including Barbra Streisand, Maureen McGovern, and Billy Preston.
On Broadway, he and lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. wrote the scores for the musicals Baby (Tony Award nominations for Best Score and Musical) and Big (Tony Award nomination for Best Score). His Off-Broadway scores, also written with Mr. Maltby, include The Sap of Life, Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nominee); Closer Than Ever (Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Musical and Score); and Take Flight, which has received concert performances around the world. His current projects include four new musicals, three with Richard Maltby, and one with writer Adam Gopnik. Shire scored many films including Norma Rae (Academy Award winner for Best Song, lyrics by Norman Gimbel); The Promise (Academy Award nominee for Best Song; lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman); Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation; All the President’s Men; The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (which introduced dodecaphonic funk to the world); Short Circuit; 2010; Farewell, My Lovely; Fast Break (which featured “With You I’m Born Again,” performed by Billy Preston and Syreeta); Monkey Shines; The Hindenburg; Zodiac; Return to Oz; and Saturday Night Fever, for which he received two Grammy Awards. He earned five Emmy nominations for his television scores which include Sarah Plain and Tall; Raid on Entebbe; Oprah Winfrey’s The Women of Brewster Place; and Rear Window with Christopher Reeve. He also composed the theme song for the long-running series Alice. Shire serves on the executive board of the Dramatists Guild of America and makes his home in the Hudson Valley in New York.
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FILM SCORES

Main Title

Orchestration by the composer>
INSTRUMENTATION: 2 (II. Picc), 2, 3 (III. Bs. Cl), 2 (II. C-bsn.)/4, 3, 3 (III. Bs. Trb.), 1 / Timp, G.C., Drums / Stgs / Hp / Pf (or keyboard) / Electric Guitar, Electric Bass / [Additional optional Tenor & Baritone Saxophone parts, if requested]
A Suite from Farewell, My Lovely is available, at this time there is no recording. “Marlowe’s Theme” can be rented separately from the suite.
Main Title (Marlowe’s Theme)

INSTRUMENTATION for “Marlowe’s Theme”: 3 (III. dbls. picc.), 3 (III. C.A.), 3 (II. dbls Cl. in A), 3 (III. C-bsn) Alto Sax Soloist (Cued for Soprano Sax, as well) / 4, 0, 3 (III. Bs. Trb.), 1 / Drums / Vibes, Timp / Stgs / Hp / Pf / Guitar, Rhythm Bass (Separate from Contrabass part)
Mrs. Grayle’s Theme

Take Me To Your Lido

INSTRUMENTATION for the SUITE: 3 (III. doubling on Picc.), 3 (III. C.A.), 3 (II. doubling on Cl. in E-flat, optional doubling on Clar.in A; III. doubling on Bs. Cl.), 3 (III. Doubling on Cbsn.), / Soprano, Alto, Baritone Sax Soloists / 4, 4, 3, 1 / Gtr, E. Gtr. / Timp, Drum Set, Anvil, Sus. Cyms. / 2 Perc:[Vibes, Xylo, Crotales, S.D., Song Bells, Mellow Drum, Roto-tymps (or Tom-Toms), B.D.,] / Hp, Piano, Celesta / Strings
End Title

Orchestration by the composer
INSTRUMENTATION: 2 (II. Picc), 2, 3 (III. Bs. Cl), 2 (II. C-bsn.)/4, 3, 3 (III. Bs. Trb.), 1 / Timp, G.C., Drums / Stgs / Hp / Pf (or keyboard) / Electric Guitar, Electric Bass / [Additional optional Tenor & Baritone Saxophone parts, if requested]
There is a Suite from Old Boyfriends available; it has no recording at this time. Here are the main themes from the Suite:
Main Title

Love Scene: Dianne & Jeff

Love Scene: Dianne & Eric

Love Scene: Dianne & Wayne

Orchestration by the composer
INSTRUMENTATION: 3 (I. doubling on Picc.), 3 (III. doubling C.A.), 3, 3 (III. Cbsn.) / Ten.Sax, Bari.Sax / 4, 4, 3 (III. Bs. Tbn.), 1 / Timp., 2 Perc:[Hubcap with springs (metallic & ugly), “harsh metallic scraping on something,” Glock., Crotales, Drum Set, Vibes, Song Bells, Chimes, Dharma Bell (or Buddha Bell or Tam-Tam)] / Gtr., E. Gtr., Fender Bass / Piano, Harp / Strings (Viola soloist)
Theme

Orchestration by the composer
INSTRUMENTATION: 2, 2, 2 (I. E-flat Cl.), 2 / 4, 3, 3 (III. Bs. Trb.), 1 / Marimba, Timp. / 2 Percussion: I. Tablas or Dumbec, II. Tambourine) / Stgs / Hp / Pf
The first two audio clips are from the original soundtrack of the 1985 film played by the London Symphony Orchestra. The film orchestrations are by Herbert Spencer (with a little assist by the composer). The third is a live recording of a Suite derived from the film score, arranged by Deniz Cordell, played by the “Pit Stop Players” (a reduced instrumentation from the original film score). A Suite scored for a full symphonic orchestra is also available.
Finale & End Credits

INSTRUMENTATION: 3 (III. dbls Picc.), 3 (III. C.A.), 3 (III. Bs. Cl.), 3 (III. C-bsn.) / 4, 3, 3 (III. Bs. Trb.), 1 / Glock., Chimes, Crotales, Timp, Sus. Cym. / Stgs / Solo Vln. / Solo Vc. / Hp / Pf / Celesta / Synthesizer
Rag-March

INSTRUMENTATION: 3 (III. Picc), 3 (III. C.A.), 3 (II. Cl. in E-flat; III. dbls. Bs. Cl. ), III (III. C-bsn) / 4, 3 (Doubling on Cornets, if available), 3 (III. Bs. Trb.), 1 / Timp. / Glock. / 3 Percussion: (I. S.D., B.D., Sus. Cym.; II. Piatti, S.D.; III. Sus. Cym., Small B.D., Triangle) / Stgs / Hp / Pf (Tack Piano if Available) / Celesta
Return to Oz Suite

INSTRUMENTATION: 3 Winds (Doubling on Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Contrabassoon) / 1, 1 (Tpt in C), 1, 0 / 2 Percussionists: (I Drum Set & Mark Tree; II Vibes, Glock, Tree, etc.) / Strings (3 Vln, 1 Vla, 1 Vc, 1 Cb) / Piano
Manhattan Skyline

Orchestration by the composer
INSTRUMENTATION: 3 (III. Picc), 2, 2, 2 / 4, 3, 3, 1 / Drums, Timp / Perc: Tin Can Shaker, Tambourine, Cym. / Stgs / Hp / Electric Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass [N.B.: There’s an optional Tenor & Baritone Sax part and a 2nd Electric Guitar part that can be made available if desired
Main Title

Orchestration by Jack Hayes
INSTRUMENTATION: 3 (III. Picc), 3 (III. doubling C.A.), 3 (II. doubling Cl. in E-flat; III. doubling Bs. Cl.), 3 (III. Cbsn.) / 4, 4, 3, 1 / 3 Perc:[Timp., Bells, Timbales, Sizzle Cym., Sus. Cym., Vibes, Wood Table, S.D., Drum Set, Tabor, Shaker, Cym., Squeeze Dr., Xylo.] / 2 E. Gtrs., Fender Bass, E-5 / Harp / Strings
Theme (Original Orchestral Arrangement)

Orchestration by the composer
ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTATION: 0, 0, 2, 0 / 0, 0, 0, 0 / Drums / Vibes / Guitar / Stgs / Solo Piano / (Optional: 2 Soprano Saxophones, or 2 Alto Flutes)
ALTERNATE INSTRUMENTATION: 0, 0, 2, 0 / 0, 0, 0, 0 / Stgs / Solo Piano
There is a Suite from The Hindenburg available but no recording. Here are the main themes from the Suite:
Main Title (Hindenburg Theme)

The Letter

Suspect Montage

Fin Repair Sequence

Orchestration by the composer
SOLOIST: Soprano Sax
INSTRUMENTATION: 3 (I. doubling Picc.), 3 (III. doubling C.A.), 3 (II. doubling Cl. in E-flat; III. doubling Bs. Cl.), 3 (III. Cbsn.) / 4, 4, 3, 1 / Timp, Perc: [Glock., S.D., B.D., Hand Cyms., Vibes, Piatti, Xylo] / Pno., Celesta / Harp / Strings

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Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Orchestration by the composer
INSTRUMENTATION: 3,3(III.=EH),3,3(III.=Cbsn) / 4,0,0,0 / Timp, Song Bells / Piano, Harp / Strings
End Title

Composed by David Shire
INSTRUMENTATION: 3 (III. Picc.), 2, 3 (III. Tenor Sax), 3 (III. C-bsn.) / Optional Alto Sax Part is also available / 4, 3, 3, 1 / Drums, Timp. / 2 Percussion (I. Ahatsi or Large Cabasa II. Mellow Drum or Squeeze Drum, G. C.) / Stgs / Pf (or Electric Piano) / Electric Guitar, Electric Bass

CONCERT MUSIC

Suite in Four Movements

Composed by David Shire
SOLOISTS: Alto Saxophone/Flute doubler; can also be played by two players.
INSTRUMENTATION: 0, 0, 0, 0 / 4, 3, 3 (III. Bs. Trb.), 1 / Drums / Timp. / 3 Percussion: (I. Glockenspiel, Vibes, Piccolo Triangle ; II. Sus. Cym., Song bells, Marimba, G. C.; III. Claves, Güiro or Cabasa) / Stgs / Hp / Guitar, Electric Bass / Pf / Electric Piano

SONGS

Main Title

Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Orchestration by Steven Bishop.
KEY: C
INSTRUMENTATION: 3 (III. Picc), 2 (II. C.A.), 3 (III. Bs. Cl.), 2 / 4, 4, 3, 1 / Timp, Tubular Chimes, Orch. Bells, 2 Perc:[Picc. Triangle, B.D., Piatti, Sus. Cym., Tam Tam] / Harp / Piano / Strings / SATB Chorus.