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Porgy and Bess (Robert Russell Bennett concert arrangement)

George Gershwin

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Music by George Gerswin Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Arranged for concert performance by Robert Russell Bennett.

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. 

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.


2 flutes
2 oboes
3 clarinets (1 bass clarinet)
2 bassoons
4 horns
3 trumpets
3 trombones
1 tuba
1 timpani
3 percussion
1 piano


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Cast Size: Large (16+)

Genre(s): Concert Work, Opera/Operetta