West Side Story
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West Side Story: How Music Creates Racial Tension

While West Side Story is known for famous hits like “Maria,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Tonight,” and “Somewhere,” the film’s music also has a deeper narrative function. In this video essay, Inside the Score takes a closer look at how Leonard Bernstein’s music, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is structured to emphasize social division, and racial hierarchy within the film.


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