New York: Gershwin Publishing Corporation [without PN], . Folio. Original publisher's dark ivory black cloth-backed printed wrappers. 1f. (recto blannk, verso bust-length reproduction photographic portrait of Gershwin), 1f. (recto title printed within thin triple-ruled black border, verso silhouette illustration of Porgy in his cart), 1f. (recto "Index of Scenes," verso named cast list and index of songs), 1f. (recto "Story of Porgy and Bess," verso dedication "To My Parents"), 559, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast list includes Todd Duncan as Porgy and Anne Wiggins Brown as Bess.
Wrappers slightly worn, soiled and stained; spine reinforced with black tape. Very slightly browned; several pages creased at lower corners; occasional intralinear chord changes and markings in pencil in a modern hand.
First Edition, first issue. Fuld p. 539.
A folk opera in three acts to a libretto by DuBose Heyward after his novel Porgy (1925), with lyrics by Heyward and Ira Gershwin, Porgy and Bess was first performed in New York at the Alvin Theatre on October 10, 1935.
"... Porgy and Bess was Gershwin’s magnum opus, nourished by more than a decade of technical study and a longheld interest in African-American experience. Attracted to ragtime as a teenage pianist, borrowing blues vocabulary for songs as early as 1920 and identified publicly as a ‘jazz’ composer from the time of the Rhapsody in Blue (1924), Gershwin held a substantial stake in black American music long before the day in autumn 1926 when he happened upon Heyward’s novel. He responded to his reading of Porgy as if to the voice of destiny. Though his earlier experience with through-composed music drama had been limited to Blue Monday (1922), a 20-minute opera ‘à la Afro-American’ written for a Broadway revue, Porgy fired him with the vision of a full-length opera, and he wrote to Heyward immediately to propose a collaboration. Though the project took nine years to complete, Gershwin’s intuition was on the mark." Richard Crawford in Grove Music Online. Item #25654
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