Chelsea Music

Chelsea Music is a full-featured music preparation service. The founder, Mathilde Pincus, was a viola player in the orchestra when the musical “Finian’s Rainbow” played a tryout week in Philadelphia prior to coming to Broadway. The composer was unhappy with the orchestrations for the dance music and brought in another arranger more “known” for jazzier work. The revised orchestrations needed to be put into the show as soon as possible so they’d be in place before the show came to New York. The copyists responsible for the show were already working at top capacity and they needed help with the new, unexpected changes. The conductor asked the members of the orchestra if anyone could help with the copying. Mathilde volunteered and a career began.

The “new” arranger was Don Walker, who already had extensive experience working on Broadway musicals. He and his wife liked Mathilde and so she moved to New York and opened a copying office with Don Walker as co-owner and the principal client. Together they worked on legendary musicals including the original productions of “Damn Yankees” & “The Pajama Game” (Music by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross),  “Wonderful Town” (Music by Leonard Bernstein), “Me and Juliet” (Music by Richard Rodgers), “Silk Stockings” (Music by Cole Porter), “The Music Man,” (Music by Meredith Willson), “The Most Happy Fella” (music by Frank Loesser), “Cabaret” (Music by John Kander) and “She Loves Me” & “Fiddler on the Roof” (Music by Jerry Bock). With other orchestrator clients she worked on “Funny Girl” (Music by Jule Styne, Orchestrations by Ralph Burns), “Chicago” (Music by John Kander, Orchestrations by Ralph Burns), “Company,” “Follies,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Sweeney Todd,” & “Into the Woods” (Music by Stephen Sondheim, Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick) and many, many other shows, films, recordings, club acts and symphonic works.

Mathilde passed away in 1988 but Chelsea Music continues to this day, working on three of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, “The Phantom of the Opera,” the revival of “Chicago,” and “The Lion King.”

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Please contact us for all your music preparation needs. We work with both Finale and Sibelius. We can help with Orchestrations, Orchestra Parts, Piano-Vocal parts and Printing.

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