Bess You Is My Woman Gershwin

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This song, Bess You Is My Woman, comes from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, and is sung when the two show their love for each other. Isaac Stern played a few great transcriptions of such songs in his album of favorite encores for violin. Originally conceived by Gershwin as an “American folk opera”, Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers – a daring and visionary artistic choice at the time. But is has been the story of several controversies. Some critics suggest it portrays a racist image of African Americans.

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how to practice

Practice feeling the jumps of the left hand bass notes moving up to the chords by feeling the harmony securely. It’s the syncopated chords that give the music its jazzy and sexy appeal.

Get some discipline, and always begin learning a new composition by practicing hands separately. They say you can always tell a great pianist by his left hand, so why not master that hand first?

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Compare Isaac Stern’s recording of this song on violin, with the singer’s in the operatic version.

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Bess You Is My Woman sheet music

1. You can instantly download printable sheet music for this composition using the link below.

Free Bess You Is My Woman Gershwin sheet music


2. You can create your own sheet music using special notation software.

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