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   Sid Ramin Papers, [ca. 1957]-1962

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Sid Ramin Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Bib ID:4079249 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Ramin, Sid.
Title:Sid Ramin Papers, [ca. 1957]-1962
Physical description:172 items (8 oversize boxes)
Language(s):In English
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 14 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Song copies and the scores of the original orchestrations for the Broadway musicals Gypsy , A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum , and I Can Get It For You Wholesale . Also, scores for the movie and stage orchestration and symphonic suite for West Side Story; and the original orchestral scores for the motion picture , Around The World In Eighty Days . The orchestration for this film was the work of Leo Shuken and Sid Cutner.

Series I: Gypsy

"Gypsy." A Musical Fable. Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Produced, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Starring Ethel Merman. Orchestration by Sid Ramin and Robert Ginzler. Produced in Spring 1959.

Subseries I.1: Songs Used for Orchestration

The original song copies used for the orchestration of the show by Sld Ramin with Robert Ginzler. The song copies have the original marking by Sid Ramin. Quarto, (9 3/4" x 12 1/2").

Subseries I.2: Songs Not Used for Orchestration

The song copies were written for the show but were never orchestrated or used.

Subseries 1.3 Scores for Pre-recording

The scores of the original orchestrations for pre-recording used a "source" music in the show.

Subseries 1.4 Scores of Original Orchestrations

Original orchestrations by Sid Ramin with Robert Ginzler. With original corrections, markings and notes in the hand of Sid Ramin. Folio, (11" x 17").

Series II: A Funny Thing Happened of the Way to the Forum

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.-" Book by Burt Schevelove and Larry Gelbart, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by George Abbott. Choreography by Jack Cole. Starring Zero Mostel. Orchestration by Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal. Produced in Spring 1962.

Subseries II.1 Songs Used for Orchestration

The original song copies used for the orchestration of the show by Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal. The following song copies have the original marking by the orchestrators Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal. Quarto, (9 3/4" x 12 1/2").

Subseries II.2 Songs with notes by Sondheim

Song copies have notes and original music in the hand of the composer Stephen Sondhelm. (Quarto, 9 3/4" x 12 1/2").

Subseries II.3 Scores of Original Orchestrations

The scores with the original corrections, markings and notes by the orchestrators Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal. Folio, (11" x 17").

Series III: I Can Get It For You Wholesale

"I Can Got It For You Wholesale." Book by Jerome Weidman. Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome, directed by Arthur Laurents, musical directions by Lehman Engel, choreography by Herbert Ross, Orchestration by Sid Ramin and Arthur Beck. Starring Barbra Streisand. Produced in Spring 1962.

Subseries III.1 Scores of Original Orchestrations

The complete scores of the original orchestrations with notes by Sid Ramin and Arthur Beck. Folio, (11" x 17")

Series IV: Around the World in 80 Days

"Around The World In Eighty Days." Screenplay by S. J. Perelman based on the Jules Verne novel. Music by. Victor Young. Choreography by Paul Godkln. Directed by Michael Andersen, produced by Michael Todd, 1957.

Subseries IV.1 Scores of Original Orchestrations

The original orchestral scores used in the scoring of the motion picture. The orchestration was done by Leo Shuken and Sid Cutner. Manuscript music of the scores in hands of the orchestrators Leo Shuken and Sid Cutner, (with corrections and notes by the orchestrators).

Series V: Stiletto

By Harold Bobbins, Music by Sid Ramin, Produced in 1969.

Subseries V.1 Sketches

Original manuscript sketches by Sid Ramin in preparation for the score.

Subseries V.2 Scores of Original Orchestrations

The complete original orchestral score in manuscript. Folio, 393 sheets. Composed and arranged by Sid Ramin.

Series VI: West Side Story

Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Subseries VI.1 Scores for Broadway Production

Produced on Broadway in the fall of 1957. The complete original orchestral score arranged by Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal for the Broadway production is contained in five volumes. There are also original orchestral scores for individual songs. The scores have manuscript notes, revisions, additions, and corrections by Bernstein, Ramin, and Kostal. Folio.

Subseries VI.2 Motion Picture Scores

Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the Musical Play "West Side Story" (from a conception by Jerome Robbins). Orchestration by Leonard Bernstein, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal. Released in 1961.

Subseries VI.3 Scores for The Sound of West Side Story by the Ramin-Kostal Orchestra

Four original orchestral scores were arranged and conducted by Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal for the EP recording. The record was produced by RCA Victor in 1958.

Series VII: President Kennedy Anniversary

Original orchestral scores arranged for the inaugural anniversary celebration for President John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Series VIII: New Thresholds in Sound by Sid Ramin and Orchestra

Original orchestral scores arranged and conducted by Sid Ramin at Webster Hall, New York City for the record. The recording was produced by Jack A. Somer at RCA Victor in 1963 using the Dynagroove system.

Series IX: The Big Band Sound of Sid Ramin

Original orchestral scores arranged and conducted by Sid Ramin at Webster Hall, New York City for the record. The recording was produced by Jack A. Somer at RCA Victor in 1963 using the Dynagroove system.

Series X: President Johnson Overtures

Original orchestral scores and piano-conductor music arranged for the inaugural celebration for President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965.

Series XI: Mass

Orchestral and vocal scores for Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers. These scores appear to be from a chamber version of Mass with orchestrations by Sid Ramin was produced in 1972. Mass was originally commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the Opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 1971. It featured text from the Liturgy of the Roman Mass, additional texts by Stephen Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein, and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Hershy Kay, and Leonard Bernstein.

Series XII: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

"1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" was entitled "A Musical About the Problems of Housekeeping." The book and lyrics were by Alan Jay Laurens with music by Leonard Bernstein. The show was produced by Roger L. Stevens and Robert Whithead by an arrangement with Saint Subber at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. It was directed and choreographed by Gilbert Moses and George Faison with Roland Gagnon serving as musical director. The music was orchestrated by Sid Ramin and Hershy Kay. Produced in Spring 1976.

Subseries XII.1 Songs Used for Orchestration

The original song copies used for the orchestration of the show by Sid Ramin and Hershy Kay. The song copies have corrections and notations by Ramin and Kay. The final two songs do not appear to have been used in the Broadway production. Quarto.

Subseries XII.2 Songs Not Used for Orchestration

The original song copies were written for the show but do not appear to have been orchestrated or used.

Subseries XII.3 Bernstein's Fair Copies

Copies of Leonard Bernstein's songs for the musical. Stamped Property of Amberson Productions.

Subseries XII.4 Sketches and Dialogue

Original manuscript sketches by Leonard Berstein and Sid Ramin in preparation of the score. Typed manuscript pages of dialogue from Act I and Act II of the show.

Subseries XII.5 Scores of Original Orchestrations

Original orchestrations by Sid Ramin and Hershy Kay with corrections, markings, and notations. The final six scores do not appear to have been used in the Broadway production. Folio.

Series XIII: Jerome Robbins' Broadway

Original orchestral scores by Sid Ramin and William D. Brohn with corrections, markings, and notations. "Jerome Robbins Broadway" was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The show was produced by The Shubert Organization, Roger Berlind, Suntory International Corporation, Byron Goldman, and Emanuel Azenberg at the Imperial Theatre. It was co-directed by Grover Dave, co-choreographer by Peter Gennaro, and produced in association with PACE Theatrical Group, Inc. Paul Gemignani served as musical director and Scott Frankel handled music continuity.

Series XIV: The Red Shoes

"The Red Shoes" was adapted from the 1948 film "The Red Shoes" by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The book was by Marsha Norman and music by Jule Styne with lyrics by Marsha Norman and Paul Stryker. The show was produced by Martin Starger, in association with MCA/UNIVERSAL and James M. Nederlander at the George Gershwin Theatre. It was directed by Stanley Donen, choreographed by Lar Lubovitch, and featured musical directions and vocal arrangements by Donald Pippin. The music by orchestrated by Sid Ramin and William D. Brohn. Produced in Winter 1993.

Subseries XIV.1 Lead Sheets

Printed lead sheets with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Marsha Norman. These lead sheets may have been used for the orchestration of the show by Sid Ramin and William D. Brohn.

Subseries XIV.2 Sketches

Original manuscript sketches used in preparation of the score with notations and corrections.

Subseries XIV.3 Scores of Original Orchestrations

The scores of the original orchestrations arranged by Sid Ramin and William D. Brohn.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Sid Ramin Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

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Cataloged 08/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Composer, conductor, arranger for Broadway and Hollywood musicals and for television shows.

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