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The Theatre Guild Presents Porgy and Bess Music by George Gershwin - Libretto by Dubose Heyward. A brilliant example of mxing of jazz and African-American spiritual and folk music, it was an instant success testified by more than 33,000 covers by groups and solo performers. The song is sung several times throughout Porgy and Bess. First recorded by Abbie Mitchell 1935, with George Gershwin both at the piano and conducting the orchestra; the next year Billie Holiday's performance propelled it to top US pop charts.
William Zinsser in "The Great American Songwriters and Their Songs" states that the original airbrush illustration by Ben Harris was sold at auction in 1998 for over $5,000. Published prior to New Dawn additional.

Composer Ira Gershwin
Lyrics: DuBose Heyward
Type: Sheet Music
Publisher: Gershwin Publishing Company
Dated: 1935
Cover: Ben Harris
Origin United States
Demensions: Standard
Provenance: Hill House Music Archives
Notes & Literature: Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera by the American composer George Gershwin, with a libretto written by author DuBose Heyward and lyricist Ira Gershwin. It was adapted from Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward's play Porgy, itself an adaptation of DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel of the same name.
Porgy and Bess was first performed in Boston on September 30, 1935, before it moved to Broadway in New York City. It featured a cast of classically trained African-American singers—a daring artistic choice at the time. After an initially unpopular public reception, a 1976 Houston Grand Opera production gained it new popularity, and it is now one of the best-known and most frequently performed operas.
The libretto of Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, her drug dealer. The opera plot generally follows the stage play.
Hill House contains one of the largest collections of American Sheet Music in the United States.

Condition Report Very Good
Subject References: American Theater Theatre Black Music


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Summertime - Gershwin - Porgy and Bess

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