George Gershwin once wrote that most piano arrangements of songs are simplified arrangements for mass market purchase by people with limited technical skills. Therefore, in the spring of 1932, he published rather complicated arrangements of eighteen of his songs. These transcriptions, composed for more advanced pianists and often performed by him at parties, gave Gershwin the chance to write several variations on themes he had previously composed and, hopefully would prolong the life of the songs. As technically demanding as Gershwin's own transcriptions are, they seem pale by comparison with Earl Wild's dazzling transcriptions which are in the tradition of no less a composer and pianist than Franz Liszt. Fantasy on Porgy and Bess Introduction Jasbo Brown Blues Summertime Oh, I Can't Sit Down My Man's Gone Now I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' Buzzard Song It Ain't Necessarily So Bess, You Is My Woman I Loves You, Porgy/Bess, You Is My Woman There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way Improvisation in the form of a Theme and Three Variations on "Someone to Watch Over Me" Theme Barcarolle Brazilian Dance Tango Seven Virtuoso Etudes I Got Rhythm Oh, Lady Be Good! Liza Embraceable You Somebody Loves Me Fascinatin' Rhythm The Man I Love
1. Fantasy on Porgy and Bess
2. Improvisation in the form of a Theme and Three Variations on "Someone to Watch Over Me"
3. Seven Viruoso Etudes