Porgy and Bess (concert version - Robert Russell Bennett)


  • George Gershwin
opera in three acts
Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin.
2.2.3(III=bcl).2 - 4331 - timp - perc(3) - pno - banjo - strings
First Performance
FP: **.**.****,
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Faber Music Ltd worldwide (excluding North America)
Arranged for concert performance by Robert Russell Bennett in 1956.
Robert Russell Bennett has incorporated the principal musical numbers from the opera into one continuous work for concert performance lasting about 40 minutes. The original parts are taken here by mezzo and baritone soloists with SATB chorus.
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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 ent iced 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. 
Principal Musical Numbers 
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
Gone, Gone, Gone 
My Man’s Gone Now
The Promised Land 
I Got Plenty O Nuttin
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Oh, I Can’t Sit Down
I Ain’t Got No Shame
It Ain’t Necessarily So
There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York 
Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way 

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