“The song is sung multiple times throughout Porgy and Bess, first by Clara in Act I as a lullaby (namely, this work) and soon after as counterpoint to the craps game scene ("Roll them bones"); in Act II in a reprise by Clara; and in Act III by Bess, singing to Clara.”

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composer: George Gershwin (composer)
lyricist: Ira Gershwin
DuBose Heyward
arrangements: Porgy and Bess: Summertime (for violin and piano, arr. Heifetz)
Summertime (catch-all for arrangements)
is the basis for: Summertime (American songbook standard from 1935 opera Porgy and Bess)
part of: Porgy and Bess: Act I
referred to in medleys: Porgy and Bess (Suite): Introduction / Jasbo Brown Blues / Summertime


Date Title Attributes Artist Length
1940-05-15 Porgy and Bess: Overture and Summertime Anne Brown, Decca Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Smallens ?:??
1959-01-13 – 1959-01-15 Summertime instrumental Percy Faith 2:46
1962-04 Porgy and Bess: "Summertime" (Clara, Chorus) Anna Moffo, Chorus 2:17
1962-04 Summertime (from "Porgy and Bess") Anna Moffo 2:15
1963-05-13 – 1963-05-17 Porgy and Bess: Introduction / Summertime George Gershwin 4:54
1965 Porgy & Bess: "Summertime" live Leontyne Price, David Garvey 2:11
2012-03 Porgy and Bess: Summertime Nikki Renée Daniels, Joshua Henry, Natasha Yvette Williams & Company 2:40
Porgy and Bess, Act I Scene 1: Summertime instrumental Academy of St Martin in the Fields 4:17
Porgy and Bess, Act I, Scene 1: Summertime (1976 Houston Grand Opera cast) George Gershwin 2:39
Porgy and Bess, opera: Introduction / Jazzbo Brown Blues / Summertime George Gershwin 8:43
Porgy and Bess: Act I, Scene I. "Summertime" - "Oh, nobody knows when the Lawd is goin' to call..." - "I been sweatin' all day" George Gershwin 8:46
Porgy and Bess: Act I, Scene I. "Summertime" (Clara, Chorus) Harolyn Blackwell, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle 3:28
Porgy and Bess: Summertime [unknown] 2:28
Porgy and Bess: Summertime Lesley Garrett 2:55
Summertime Marti Webb & Mark Rattray 2:29
Summertime (from "Porgy and Bees") instrumental William Aide, Ofra Harnoy 2:16
Summertime from Porgy and Bess Bulgarian Radio Chorus, Alexandrina Milcheva, Bulgarian Radio Orchestra, Alexander Vladigerov 3:05