Summertime (flex)

From Wind Repertory Project
George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. Naoya Wada)

General Info

Year: 1934 / 2018
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €98.10   |   Score Only (print) - €19.62

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Solo Part

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 1

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I
  • Flugelhorn

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet II
  • Flugelhorn
  • Horn in F

Part 3

  • Cor Anglais
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone I
  • Horn in F II
  • Trombone I
  • Euphonium

Part 4

  • Bassoon I
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone II
  • Trombone II
  • Euphonium

Part 5

  • Bassoon II
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Bass Trombone
  • Tuba

Percussion, including:

  • Claves
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed by George Gershwin in 1935, a soprano aria, Summertime as part of his folk opera Porgy and Bess is one of the most popular jazz standards of all time. This nice arrangement by Naoya Wada presents opportunities for featuring a soloist with concert band or a small wind ensemble.

- Program Note from publisher

Summertime is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based.

The song soon became a popular and much recorded jazz standard, described as "without doubt ... one of the finest songs the composer ever wrote ... Gershwin's highly evocative writing brilliantly mixes elements of jazz and the song styles of blacks in the southeast United States from the early twentieth century". Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has characterized Heyward's lyrics for Summertime and My Man's Gone Now as "the best lyrics in the musical theater". The song is recognized as one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music, with more than 33,000 covers by groups and solo performers.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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