Somewhere

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    Accompaniment + Melody
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Instrument: Voice
Composed by: Leonard Bernstein
Key: Eb Major
Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics start: "There's a place for us...."

“Somewhere” sometimes referred to as “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us)” or simply “There’s a Place for Us“, is a song from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story that was made into a film in 1961. The music is composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and takes a phrase from the slow movement of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto, which forms the start of the melody, (actually is a quote from the cello and bass line in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, 17 bars from the end.) and also a longer phrase from the main theme of Pyotr Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake. This song was featured in the film Analyze That (2002).

In the stage musical, the ‘Somewhere’ appears in the second act of the show during the Somewhere Ballet. It is performed by an off-stage soprano singer and is later reprised by the entire company. In the original Broadway production, ‘Somewhere’ was sung by Reri Grist who played the role of Consuelo.

At the end of the show, when Tony is shot, Maria sings the first few lines of the song as he dies in her arms.

In late 1957, this recording was released on the album West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast).

In the 1961 film, the song occurs at a pivotal point, after the rumble in which Tony (Richard Beymer) has stabbed Maria’s brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris). Having nowhere else to go, Tony runs to Maria (Natalie Wood), who has just been told of her brother’s death and who killed him. When Tony comes to her room through the balcony window, Maria, in shock, pounds against his chest.

Realizing in spite of her anger that she still loves Tony, Maria begs him to hold her. After Maria cries out, “It’s not us…it’s everything around us.” Tony replies, “Then I’ll take you away, where nothing can get to us.” He then begins singing “Somewhere” to her. His comforting voice draws her in and it becomes a duet of hope that their love will survive “somehow, someday, somewhere.”

As in the stage show, Maria sings the first few lines of the song as Tony dies in her arms. In 2004, this version finished at #20 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Purchase includes:

  • Accompaniment
  • Accompaniment (Song played through twice as in some versions)
  • Accompaniment + Melody

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Product Description

“Somewhere” sometimes referred to as “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us)” or simply “There’s a Place for Us“, is a song from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story that was made into a film in 1961. The music is composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and takes a phrase from the slow movement of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto, which forms the start of the melody, (actually is a quote from the cello and bass line in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, 17 bars from the end.) and also a longer phrase from the main theme of Pyotr Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake. This song was featured in the film Analyze That (2002).

In the stage musical, the ‘Somewhere’ appears in the second act of the show during the Somewhere Ballet. It is performed by an off-stage soprano singer and is later reprised by the entire company. In the original Broadway production, ‘Somewhere’ was sung by Reri Grist who played the role of Consuelo.

At the end of the show, when Tony is shot, Maria sings the first few lines of the song as he dies in her arms.

In late 1957, this recording was released on the album West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast).

In the 1961 film, the song occurs at a pivotal point, after the rumble in which Tony (Richard Beymer) has stabbed Maria’s brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris). Having nowhere else to go, Tony runs to Maria (Natalie Wood), who has just been told of her brother’s death and who killed him. When Tony comes to her room through the balcony window, Maria, in shock, pounds against his chest.

Realizing in spite of her anger that she still loves Tony, Maria begs him to hold her. After Maria cries out, “It’s not us…it’s everything around us.” Tony replies, “Then I’ll take you away, where nothing can get to us.” He then begins singing “Somewhere” to her. His comforting voice draws her in and it becomes a duet of hope that their love will survive “somehow, someday, somewhere.”

As in the stage show, Maria sings the first few lines of the song as Tony dies in her arms. In 2004, this version finished at #20 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Purchase includes:

  • Accompaniment
  • Accompaniment (Song played through twice as in some versions)
  • Accompaniment + Melody