How Long Has This Been Going On?

From Wind Repertory Project
George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. Warren Barker)

Subtitle: Vocal Solo (optional Eb Alto Saxophone or Bb Tenor Saxophone Solo) with Concert Band Accompaniment

General Info

Year: 1927 / 2000
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


Full Score
Solo Voice
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Drum Set
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Here's another terrific new Warren Barker arrangement of the Gershwin's How Long Has This Been Going On? Staged for either a vocal soloist or optional E-flat or B-flat solo instrumentalist, this is a lovely ballad.

- Program Note adapted from publisher

How Long Has This Been Going On? is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, for the musical Funny Face in 1928.

In the original Gershwin version of the song, somewhat more upbeat, it is sung by a young woman comparing kisses among family members and friends at holidays, to how different they turn out to be when experienced while expressing romantic affections; she is surprised to find that romantic kisses are very different. The two verses describe her previous negative experiences of kissing: first the childhood attentions of older female relatives, and second while working in a kissing booth. The two choruses describe the excitement of then experiencing a first romantic kiss, and regret at not having experienced it before: "I could cry salty tears; where have I been all these years? / Little wow, tell me now, how long has this been going on?"

- Program Note from Wikipedia


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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  • Gershwin, G.; Gershwin, I.; Barker, W. (2000). How long Has This Been Going On?: Vocal Solo (Optional E♭ Alto or B♭ Tenor Saxophone Solo) with Concert Band Accompaniment [score]. Warner Bros.: Miami, Fla.
  • How Long Has This Been Going On?. Wikipedia Accessed 4 July 2022