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Porgy and Bess (Andrew Litton concert arrangement)

George Gershwin

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Music by George Gerswin. Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Arranged for concert performance by Andrew Litton

Published by Warner/Chappell. Administered for stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd


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.


2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)
2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais)
4 clarinets (2nd and 3rd doubling alto saxophone, 4th doubling bass clarinet and tenor saxophone)
1 bassoons
3 horns
3 trumpets
2 trombones
1 tuba
1 timpani
3 percussion
1 piano


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Please contact: hire@mdslondon.co.uk


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Cast Size: Large (16+)

Genre(s): Concert Work, Opera/Operetta