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This charming lullaby was originally written for String Quartet when Gershwin was 21. Although it was sometimes performed privately its official premiere was in an arrangement for Harmonica and Strings by Larry Adler at the 1963 Edinburgh Festival. The tranquil, swinging melody with its rich harmonies is set over a gently rocking bass line, and two short solo sections in a recitative style lead into a simple 'trio' section. There is then a larger recapitulation of the opening theme, before the piece creeps quietly out of the room.
Grading: 7 to 8
Composer: Gershwin, G.
Arranger: Orriss, M.
Instrumentation: Flute Quintet: 3 Fls, Afl, Bfl
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