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Summertime from "Porgy and Bess"

From Wind Repertory Project
George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. Robert Longfield)


General Info

Year: 1934 / 2015
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00; (digital) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

  • Bells
  • Drum Set
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

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Program Notes

This timeless ballad from Gershwin's Porgy & Bess is beautifully arranged here for young bands in a bluesy swing style setting. Robert Longfield uses rich harmonies, varied scoring and creative accompaniment figures throughout in this arrangement sure to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

- Program Note by 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


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