Porgy and Bess (concert version - Andrew Litton)


  • George Gershwin
opera in three acts
Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Arranged for concert performance by Andrew Litton
2(II=picc).2(II=ca).4(II+III=asax,IV=bcl+tsax) - 3321 - timp - perc(3) - pno - banjo - strings
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Faber Music Ltd worldwide (excluding North America)
This is a cut version of the original opera which lasts about 60 minutes. When Andrew Litton performs it,
he uses 4 soloists – 2 sopranos, baritone, tenor – who sing all the leading roles according to voice but
occasionally he will have individuals from the chorus sing some of the minor roles. 
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The Story
(Charleston in South Carolina, USA; the recent past)
The story tells of Porgy’s love for Bess. She is considered to be Crown’s woman but when he is forced to
go into hiding for killing a neighbour, she seeks sanctuary with Porgy. When Crown eventually returns to
claim her, Bess does not want to leave Porgy and the rivalry between the two men culminates with Porgy
murdering Crown. When Porgy is taken away to identify the body, Bess, persuaded into thinking that he
will be charged with Crown’s murder and imprisoned for a long time, is enticed by Sporting Life, a pedlar
of “happy dust”, to come away with him to New York. When Porgy returns home a week later and
discovers where Bess has gone, he sets out immediately for New York to find her. 
Musical Numbers 
Introduction/Jazzbo Brown/Summertime (soprano and chorus)
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing (baritone, tenor, chorus)
Gone, Gone, Gone (2 sopranos, baritone, chorus)
My Man’s Gone Now (soprano, chorus)
Leavin’ For The Promise’ Lan’ (soprano, chorus)
I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (baritone, 2 sopranos, chorus) 
Bess, You Is My Woman Now (baritone, soprano)
Oh, I Can’t Sit Down (chorus)
I Ain’t Got No Shame/It Ain’t Necessarily So/Shame On All You Sinners (soprano, tenor, chorus)
Porgy, Porgy, Dat You There Ain’t It/I Loves You Porgy (soprano, baritone)
Hurricane (orchestra only)
There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ (soprano, tenor)
Good Mornin’ Sistuh (chorus)
Oh Lord I’m On My Way (baritone, chorus)


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