New York: Gershwin Publishing Corp. [PN G-8-6], [c1935].
Folio. Original publisher's illustrated wrappers by B. Harris depicting a stylized plantation scene with the skyscrapers of New York in the far upper right background, Pp. 2-7 music. With incipits to "Songs published separately from the American folk opera Porgy and Bess" to verso of lower wrapper.
Slightly worn, browned and creased; music seller's handstamp to lower margin of title.
A folk opera in three acts, Porgy and Bess was first performed on October 10, 1935 in New York at the Alvin Theatre.
"The idea of composing a full-length opera based on DuBose Heyward’s novel Porgy about life among the black inhabitants of ‘Catfish Row’ in Charleston, South Carolina, first occurred to Gershwin when he read the book in 1926. After many delays, Heyward and the Gershwin brothers signed a contract in October 1933 with the Theatre Guild in New York, and the collaboration was under way. Gershwin began the score in February 1934; during most of the next summer he stayed in South Carolina, composing and absorbing local colour. By early 1935 the composition was finished, and Gershwin spent the next several months orchestrating the work." Richard Crawford in Grove Music Online.
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