Gershwin, George: Porgy and Bess

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Porgy and Bess An American jazz opera written by George Gershwin George Gershwin was born on September, 26 in 1898 in New York. He soon began to play the piano and became a professional piano player and composer in his late teens. His most famous compositions are Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F . Gershwin hit on the idea of writing Porgy and Bess after reading the novel Porgy by DuBose Hewyard. In the summer of 1935 Gershwin, his brother Ira, DuBose Hewyard and his wife wrote that three-act opera. During Gershwin s lifetime it was not very successful. It was performed more frequently in Europe, where people appreciated how Gershwin had connected certain elements of European music with the American jazz of the 1920 s and 30 s. Porgy and Bess deals with the poor blacks in the ghettos and their daily lives and loves. Gershwin used a very colloquial language (Bess, you is my woman , Porgy, I loves you ). The opera takes place in Catfish Row, a small, poor village in the south. ACT I The rude sailor Crown kills the dockworker Robbins, because he loses very often in a game of dice. Crown flees from the police, his girlfriend Bess hides at Porgy s place. Porgy is a maimed beggar, who has to walk around in a goat-drawn cart and he is secretly in love with Bess. The most famous piece, Summertime , a lullaby, is sung in this act. It also contains some nice spirituals sung for the dead Robbins. ACT II Act two takes place one month later. Porgy and Bess are very happy together; she ...

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