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Porgy and Bess

by Kainer
YEAR:
1950
SIZE:
50 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches (128 x 93 cm)
REFERENCE NUMBER:
1198

DESCRIPTION:

Porgy and Bess was George Gershwin’s longest and most ambitious creation, but it was not truly successful during his lifetime. Some of the songs had achieved popularity before Gershwin’s death in 1937, but the work earned real approval and favor only after the 1940 Theater Guild presentation of a slightly revised version. For years it was performed more frequently in Europe, where it was considered a true American opera, than in America. Porgy and Bess received its first uncut production in Houston in the 1970’s, conducted by John DeMain, to great acclamation, and it was finally produced at the Met some 50 years after the first production. It is probably the only opera founded on 1920’s and 30’s jazz which has survived past the post-World War II period, when composers began to use jazz satirically.

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