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Oh! I can't sit down

from Porgy and Bess
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Oh! I can’t sit down is a song taken from George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, which was written in 1935, and was the first opera written for an entirely African-American cast. This particular song comes at a high point in the narrative, as the cast prepare to go for a picnic. Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of the song—written during his time as a member of The King’s Singers—builds up complicated overlapping rhythmics patterns, with the melody moving between parts as the song progresses, leading to a technicolor harmonic ending.

from notes by The King's Singers © 2019


The King's Singers – The Library, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD601Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD601 [2'47] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD601 track 4

Recording date
19 March 2019
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Tom Mungall
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  1. The King's Singers – The Library, Vol. 1 (SIGCD601)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 2019
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