Gershwin - Porgy and Bess Fantasy (score)
George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess has inspired countless adaptations, arrangements and re-interpretations since its premiere. This Fantasy is a symphonic work incorporating many of the songs and orchestral scenes in a continuous one-movement structure. It follows the course of the story in order and attempts to condense the action into a seamless dramatic framework, using only Gershwin’s music. The arrangement for small orchestra brings the music closer to a Broadway pit band, edgier and punchier, as opposed to the gleaming glossy sound of a large symphony orchestra.
Instrumentation: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet in A/Bb, Bassoon, 2 Horns in F, Trumpet in C, Trombone, Percussion: Timpani (2), Drum Kit (Crash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tom Tom, High Hat, Bass Drum, Snare Drum), Wood Block, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, 1 Tubular Bell in D, 2 "African drums" (djembe), Piano, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass. Strings must be at least a medium-sized section (eg. 4,3,3,2,1)
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