Works Film On the Waterfront (1954)


Leonard Bernstein's score for the Academy Award-winning On The Waterfont debuted when the film opened in New York City on July 28, 1954. His score for the film received wide popular and critical acclaim, and On The Waterfront won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Leading Actor (Marlon Brando), Best Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint), and Best Director (Elia Kazan).

Throughout the Leonard Bernstein Centennial, On the Waterfront film with live orchestra saw a new popularity throughout Europe, with 10 orchestras performing the work in 6 countries and 4 US States.

*Music by Leonard Bernstein. ©1962, renewed.
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
℗1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg. 415 255-2.


(1955) 22 min
World Premiere:
August 11, 1955. Tanglewood Music Festival, Boston, MA, United States | Boston Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Bernstein, conductor
(2015) 1 hr 48 min (intermission optional)
World Premiere:
September 19, 2015. Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY, United States | New York Philharmonic / David Newman, conductor
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Version Notes
This work requires additional technological components and amplifcation.


Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
for symphonic band (arr. Guy Duker)

Presto Barbaro from On the Waterfront
(arr. 1965) 3 min
transcribed for brass, percussion, and piano (optional) by Frank Erickson


Symphonic Suite from "On the Waterfront"
for symphonic band (trans. Jay Bocook)

Purchasing Licensing Information

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On The Waterfront movie poster

On the Waterfront Main Title
On the Waterfront (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) On the Waterfront (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


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