Porgy and Bess (Gershwin, George)

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For Violin and Orchestra

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Performer Pages Isaac Stern (violin)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra (orchestra)
Milton Katims (conductor)
Publisher Info. None but the lonely heart: Isaac Stern plays great violin favorites
New York: Columbia, 1963. MS 6496.
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Misc. Notes Source: Internet Archive
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"Summertime" (Act I)

For 3 Voices and Orchestra (Rozemond)

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Arranger H. Justus Rozemond (b. 1965)
Publisher. Info. H. Justus Rozemond, 2020.
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Misc. Notes The orchestral accompaniment is a transcription by ear of the original. Parts for vocalists cued in the orchestral parts.
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For Piano (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)

For Piano (Rubinstein)

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Arranger Beryl Rubinstein (1898-1952)
Publisher. Info. New York: Gershwin Publishing Corp., 1945. Plate 58.
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"Bess, you is my woman now" (Act II)

For 2 Pianos

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For Piano (Rubinstein)

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"It ain't necessarily so" (Act II)

For Piano (Rubinstein)

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Arranger Beryl Rubinstein (1898-1952)
Publisher. Info. New York: Gershwin Publishing Corp., 1945. Plate 61.
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"I loves you, Porgy" (Act II)

For Piano (Manookian)
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
Name Translations 波吉和贝丝; 波吉和貝絲; Порги и Бесс; 포기와 베스; פורגי ובס; Porgy y Bess; Porgy és Bess; Porgy ja Bess; Поргі і Бесс; ポーギーとベス; Porgy og Bess; Porgy och Bess; 波吉与贝丝; Պորգի ու Բես; Порги и Бес
Name Aliases Porgy e Bess; Porgy & Bess; Porgy und Bess; キャットフィッシュ・ロウ; Porgi i Bes; Porgy i Bess; 波吉與貝絲
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 185892626; LCCN: n82217189; GND: 300057946
Composer Gershwin, George
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IGG 13
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 1926 or otherwise confirmed as public domain
in the United States can be uploaded to the USA server only.
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
InstrDetail
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