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Porgy and Bess Medley (arr. Hermann)

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. Ralph Hermann)


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General Info

Year: 1934 /
Duration: c. 9:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unpublished
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo E-flat Alto Saxophone (doubling B-flat Soprano Saxophone)
Wind Ensemble Accompaniment

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Errata

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Program Notes

Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera by American composer George Gershwin, with a libretto written by author DuBose Heyward and lyricist Ira Gershwin. It was adapted from Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward's play Porgy, itself an adaptation of DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel of the same name. It featured a cast of classically trained African-American singers—a daring artistic choice at the time. After an initially unpopular public reception, a 1976 Houston Grand Opera production gained it new popularity, and it is now one of the best-known and most frequently performed operas.

The libretto of Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black street beggar living in the slums of Charleston. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, her drug dealer. The opera plot generally follows the stage play.

Porgy and Bess was first performed in Boston on September 30, 1935, before it moved to Broadway in New York City.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


This medley includes Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, and Bess, You Is My Woman Now.


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