Recorded by Nat 'King' Cole
Arranged by Gordon Jenkins, Prepared for Publication by Rob DuBoff and Jeffrey Sultanof
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Cat #: JLP-6044DL


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Edition: Jazz Studio Orchestra Arrangement with Vocal

Description: Ballad - Difficult

Publisher: Jazz Lines Publications

Composer Victor Young and lyricist Edward Heyman wrote When I Fall in Love for the 1952 film One Minute to Zero, where it was performed as an instrumental by Richard Hayman and His Orchestra. Nat Cole recorded this Gordon Jenkins arrangement in Los Angeles on December 28, 1956 for the Love Is the Thing album. This is an absolute classic arrangement that helped solidify Jenkins's status as a ground-breaking popular music arranger and composer. Jenkins chose to eschew the standard swing arrangement style of the day and focused on providing a dramatic and classical-sounding backdrop for Cole. The 'Jenkins style' would go on to become the go-to method of arranging for popular music in the 1960s.

This score is heavy on violins and light on violas and celli which provides an ethereal quality to the music. In fact, this arrangement calls for 16 violins, 3 violas, and only 1 cello along with harp, guitar, piano, bass, and drums.

This publication was based on the original Gordon Jenkins score and the set of parts used during the recording session - this is not a transcription. The vocal key is Db.



Full Score
Male Vocal
4 Violins (16 Players Recommended)
Viola (3 Players Recommended)
Cello (1 player)
Vocal Key: Db