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GERSHWIN, GEORGE. AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION OF "BESS, YOU IS MY WOMAN NOW", SIGNED AND INSCRIBED

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  • Autograph musical quotation of “Bess, you is my woman now”, from Porgy and Bess, signed and inscribed by the composer: “Porgy&Bess sincerely George Gershwin”
four measures (without text), in black ink, on a single, hand-drawn stave, on a small bifolium of notepaper 1 page, 6 x 4 inches, integral blank, no place or date

Catalogue Note

Gershwin’s masterwork was premiered in Boston in 1935 and quickly established itself as among the greatest of all operas. “Bess, you is my woman now” is heard first in Act 2, Scene 1. It is one of the most accomplished numbers in the score. Gershwin died in 1937.
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