Porgy & Bess World Premiere Program & Score, 1935

Gershwin signed score Porgy and Bess 1st Edition

Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin – Last page of the deluxe edition, signed by the composer, writers of the lyrics and producer of the first production

With music by George Gershwin (1898-1937), libretto by DuBose Heyward and lyrics also by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, Porgy and Bess was world premiered at the Colonial Theater in Boston on September 30th, 1935. A rare program from that performance is here

The same year, the full score was published, in two editions: one deluxe (limited to only 250 copies!) and one common edition. Each copy of the deluxe edition was signed on the back by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin and Rouben Mamoulian (producer of the first Porgy and Bess).

One of these 250 signed luxury edition scores can be found here

The common edition is sometimes signed by Gershwin on the first page and from time to time appears on the market. The luxury edition is a rare find, most especially when it is in very good condition

 

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