Bess, You Is My Woman

Sheet music from Porgy and Bess

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  • Image for Bess, You Is My Woman
  • Image for Bess, You Is My Woman
  • Image for Bess, You Is My Woman
  • Image for Bess, You Is My Woman
  • Image for Bess, You Is My Woman
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Published by
Gershwin Publishing Corp.
Written by
Gershwin, George, American, 1898 - 1937
Gershwin, Ira, American, 1896 - 1983
Heyward, DuBose, American, 1885 - 1940
Illustrated by
Harris, Ben Jorj
Subject of
Mamoulian, Rouben, American, 1897 - 1987
Cotton Club, American, 1923 - 1940
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 12 × 9 in. (30.5 × 22.9 cm)
Type
sheet music
Place printed
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1935
Description
Sheet music for “Bess, You Is My Woman." The front cover is a black and white illustration with an off-white margin. Across the top margin is the title "BESS YOU IS MY WOMAN." The illustration, done in the style of woodcuts, depicts several vignettes. The foremost vignette is a profile of a man and woman, face to face. Beyond them is a palm tree, under which is the silhouette of a goat-drawn cart. In the cart is a reclining figure of a man with a crutch. Along the right hand side are two wooden cabins with a boat and ocean beyond them. In the top right corner is the outline of a city skyline. There is a large arm, stemming from the profile of the front man, with a large hand pointing toward the city skyline. In the top left quarter are the words "The Theatre Guild presents/ PORGY and BESS/ Music by GEORGE GERSHWIN/ Libretto by/ DUBOSE HEYWARD/ Lyrics by/ DUBOSE HEYWARD and IRA GERSHWIN/ Production direction by/ ROUBEN MAMOULIAN." At the bottom right corner are the words "Gershwin Publishing Corp. / RKO Bldg. New York, N.Y. / Chappell & Co. Inc. / Sole Selling Agent/ Made in U.S.A."
Topic
African American
Jazz (Music)
Musical Theatre
Opera (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi
Object number
2013.223.34
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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