Clara, Clara, don′t you be downhearted,(We will post the video as soon as it becomes available.)
Clara, don′t you be sad an′ lonesome.
Jesus is walkin′ on de water, rise up an′ follow Him home.
Oh Lawd, oh my Jesus, rise up an′ follow Him home.
The chorus from Porgy and Bess is a lament for Clara and Jake and others who have been lost in the hurricane that closed act II.
Crawford′s lecture focused on the implications of Gershwin′s decision, early on, to compose his own folk music to a folk tale for what he called his folk opera. “When I first began work on the music, I decided against the use of original folk material because I wanted the music to be all of one piece. Therefore I wrote my own spirituals and folk songs”—instead of preexistent oral and written sources. Seven spirituals resulted:
“Gone, Gone, Gone, Gone” (act I, scene 2)The event was the first President's Endowed Plenary Lecture, concluding the first day of the Society's annual meeting.
“Oh, We′re Leavin' for the Promised Lan′ ” (I, 2)
“It Take a Long Pull to Get There” (II, 1)
“Oh, de Lawd Shake de Heavens” (II, 4)
“Oh, Dere's Somebody Knockin' at the Do′ ” (II, 4)
“Clara” (III, 1)
“Oh Lawd, I'm on my Way” (III, 3)