Porgy and Bess (Gershwin, George)

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"Summertime" (Act I)

For Piano solo (Rubinstein)

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Arranger Beryl Rubinstein (1898-1952)
Publisher. Info. New York: Gershwin Publishing Corp., 1945. Plate 59.
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"I got plenty o' nuttin'" (Act II)

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Arranger Beryl Rubinstein (1898-1952)
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"Bess, you is my woman now" (Act II)

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For Piano solo (Rubinstein)

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Arranger Beryl Rubinstein (1898-1952)
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"It ain't necessarily so" (Act II)

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Arranger Beryl Rubinstein (1898-1952)
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"I loves you, Porgy" (Act II)

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See: Concert Paraphrase on Gershwin's 'I Loves You, Porgy' (Manookian, Jeff)

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General Information

Work Title Porgy and Bess
Alternative. Title
Composer Gershwin, George
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 Acts
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1934-35
First Performance. 1935-09-30 in Boston: Colonial Theatre
First Publication. 1935 - New York: George Gershwin Music, 559 pages.
Copyright Information Although purely instrumental selections and arrangements are permitted for this piece items
containing any text by the author(s) listed below cannot be added to the main server until
January 1, 2034. Items with text first published before 1923 or otherwise confirmed as public domain
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Librettist DuBose Heyward (1885-1940)
Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)
Dorothy Heyward (1890-1961)
Based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy.
Language English
Dedication To My Parents
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voices, Chorus, Orchestra
Roles (blacks)
Porgy, a disabled beggar (bass-baritone)
Bess, Crown's girl (soprano)
Crown, a tough stevedore (baritone)
Sporting (Sportin') Life, a dope peddler (tenor)
Robbins, an inhabitant of Catfish Row (tenor)
Serena, Robbins's wife (soprano)
ake, a fisherman (baritone)
Clara, Jake's wife (soprano)
Maria, keeper of the cook-shop (contralto)
Mingo (tenor)
Peter, the honey man (tenor)
Lily, Peter's wife (soprano)
Frazier, a "lawyer" (baritone)
Annie (mezzo-soprano)
Strawberry woman, a street vendor (mezzo-soprano)
Jim, a cotton picker (baritone)
Undertaker (baritone)
Nelson (tenor)
Crab man, a street vendor (tenor)
Scipio, a small boy (boy soprano)
Roles (whites, all spoken)
Mr. Archdale, a white lawyer
Detective
Policeman
Coroner
Chorus
Orchestra
External Links Wikipedia article
Internet Broadway Database
Vocal score (Alfred)
Porgy and Bess - scores at Sheet Music Plus