Porgy and Bess (concert version - Robert Russell Bennett)
- 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.For more information on Porgy and Bess, and to see our full catalogue of stage musicals for hire, visit fabermusicals.fabermusic.comThe 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 togo into hiding for killing a neighbour, she seeks sanctuary with Porgy. When Crown eventually returns toclaim her, Bess does not want to leave Porgy and the rivalry between the two men culminates with Porgymurdering Crown. When Porgy is taken away to identify the body, Bess, persuaded into thinking that hewill 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 anddiscovers where Bess has gone, he sets out immediately for New York to find her.Principal Musical NumbersSummertimeA Woman Is A Sometime ThingGone, Gone, GoneOverflowMy Man’s Gone NowThe Promised LandI Got Plenty O NuttinBess, You Is My Woman NowOh, I Can’t Sit DownI Ain’t Got No ShameIt Ain’t Necessarily SoThere’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New YorkOh Lawd, I’m On My Way