Sondheim on Music

Minor Details and Major Decisions

Author: Mark Eden Horowitz

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810874374

Category: Music

Page: 584

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Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as the most important composer and lyricist of musical theater in the second half of the 20th century. Celebrating his 80th birthday, this new edition of Sondheim on Music finds him in these guided interviews expounding in great depth and detail on his craft. As a natural teacher, thoughtful and opinionated, Sondheim discusses the art of musical composition, lyric writing, the collaborative process of musical theater, and how he thinks about his own work. Where the first edition focused particularly on six shows—Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures—this second edition presents a new chapter that discusses Sondheim's entire career. Several shows that were not discussed previously are explored here, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Merrily We Roll Along, Company, Follies, Anyone Can Whistle, and A Little Night Music, as well as thoughts about the recent film adaptation of Sweeney Todd. The book also features an entire chapter on Bounce: the previous incarnation of his latest musical, Road Show. In addition to Sondheim's list of "Songs I Wish I'd Written," the songlisting and discography has been greatly expanded and updated to include all works composed and recorded over the last six years.

Sondheim on music

minor details and major decisions

Author: Stephen Sondheim,Mark Eden Horowitz

Publisher: Scarecrow Pr


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 401

View: 6797

Sondheim on Music is primarily a transcript of a series of interviews with Stephen Sondheim, focusing on his work as a composer. During the interviews, he and the author look through Sondheim's manuscripts and sketches and discuss the creative process. The discussions focus on six shows: Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures, but every Sondheim score comes up in conversation. Among the topics discussed, are how Sondheim approaches musicalizing characters and dramatic moments, how motifs and thematic material are created and used, how harmony, melody, and rhythm reflect character, the structuring of a score, the use of pastiche, and the practical aspects of collaboration.

How Sondheim Found His Sound

Author: Steve Swayne

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472026356

Category: Music

Page: 336

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“ Steve Swayne’ s How Sondheim Found His Sound is a fascinating treatment and remarkable analysis of America’ s greatest playwright in song. His marvelous text goes a long way toward placing Stephen Sondheim among the towering artists of the late twentieth century!” — Cornel West, Princeton University “ Sondheim’ s career and music have never been so skillfully dissected, examined, and put in context. With its focus on his work as composer, this book is surprising and welcome.” — Theodore S. Chapin, President and Executive Director, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization “ . . . an intriguing ‘ biography’ of the songwriter’ s style. . . . Swayne is to be congratulated for taking the study of this unique composer/lyricist into hitherto unnavigated waters.” — Stage Directions “ The research is voluminous, as are the artistry and perceptiveness. Swayne has lived richly within the world of Sondheim’ s music.” — Richard Crawford, author of America’ s Musical Life: A History “ Amid the ever-more-crowded bookshelf of writings on Sondheim, Swayne’ s analysis of Sondheim’ s development as a composer stands up as a unique and worthy study. . . . For the Sondheim aficionados, there are new ideas and new information, and for others, Swayne’ s How Sondheim Found His Sound will provide an intriguing introduction into the mind of arguably the greatest and most influential living Broadway composer.” — “ What a fascinating book, full of insights large and small. An impressive analysis and summary of Sondheim’ s many sources of inspiration. All fans of the composer and lovers of Broadway in general will treasure and frequently refer to Swayne’ s work.” — Tom Riis, Joseph Negler Professor of Musicology and Director of the American Music Research Center, University of Colorado Stephen Sondheim has made it clear that he considers himself a “ playwright in song.” How he arrived at this unique appellation is the subject of How Sondheim Found His Sound— an absorbing study of the multitudinous influences on Sondheim’ s work. Taking Sondheim’ s own comments and music as a starting point, author Steve Swayne offers a biography of the artist’ s style, pulling aside the curtain on Sondheim’ s creative universe to reveal the many influences— from classical music to theater to film— that have established Sondheim as one of the greatest dramatic composers of the twentieth century.

Sondheim's Broadway Musicals

Author: Stephen Banfield

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472080830

Category: Music

Page: 453

View: 4881

The first in-depth look at the work and career of one of the most important figures in the history of musical theater.

Finishing the Hat

Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes

Author: Stephen Sondheim

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0679439072

Category: Music

Page: 445

View: 8350

A treasury of lyrics includes all of the composer's works from "West Side Story" to "Sweeney Todd," and offers a rare glimpse into his creative process and relationships with other legends of the American theater.

Stephen Sondheim

A Life

Author: Meryle Secrest

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307946851

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 8976

In the first full-scale life of the most important composer-lyricist at work in musical theatre today, Meryle Secrest, the biographer of Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonard Bernstein, draws on her extended conversations with Stephen Sondheim as well as on her interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers to bring us not only the artist--as a master of modernist compositional style--but also the private man. Beginning with his early childhood on New York's prosperous Upper West Side, Secrest describes how Sondheim was taught to play the piano by his father, a successful dress manufacturer and amateur musician. She writes about Sondheim's early ambition to become a concert pianist, about the effect on him of his parents' divorce when he was ten, about his years in military and private schools. She writes about his feelings of loneliness and abandonment, about the refuge he found in the home of Oscar and Dorothy Hammerstein, and his determination to become just like Oscar. Secrest describes the years when Sondheim was struggling to gain a foothold in the theatre, his attempts at scriptwriting (in his early twenties in Rome on the set of Beat the Devil with Bogart and Huston, and later in Hollywood as a co-writer with George Oppenheimer for the TV series Topper), living the Hollywood life. Here is Sondheim's ascent to the peaks of the Broadway musical, from his chance meeting with play- wright Arthur Laurents, which led to his first success-- as co-lyricist with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story--to his collaboration with Laurents on Gypsy, to his first full Broadway score, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. And Secrest writes about his first big success as composer, lyricist, writer in the 1960s with Company, an innovative and sophisticated musical that examined marriage à la mode. It was the start of an almost-twenty-year collaboration with producer and director Hal Prince that resulted in such shows as Follies, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music. We see Sondheim at work with composers, producers, directors, co-writers, actors, the greats of his time and ours, among them Leonard Bernstein, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Robbins, Zero Mostel, Bernadette Peters, and Lee Remick (with whom it was said he was in love, and she with him), as Secrest vividly re-creates the energy, the passion, the despair, the excitement, the genius, that went into the making of show after Sondheim show. A biography that is sure to become the standard work on Sondheim's life and art. From the Hardcover edition.

Look, I Made a Hat

Collected Lyrics (1981-2011), With Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany

Author: Stephen Sondheim

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 030759341X

Category: Music

Page: 453

View: 4044

Picking up where he left off in "Finishing the Hat", Sondheim richly annotates his lyrics with personal and theatre history, discussions of his collaborations, and exacting, charming dissections of his work -- both the successes and the failures.

The Sound of Broadway Music

A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations

Author: Steven Suskin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199790841

Category: Music

Page: 664

View: 1708

Broadway's top orchestrators - Robert Russell Bennett, Don Walker, Philip J. Lang, Jonathan Tunick - are names well known to musical theatre fans, but few people understand precisely what the orchestrator does. The Sound of Broadway Music is the first book ever written about these unsung stars of the Broadway musical whose work is so vital to each show's success. The book examines the careers of Broadway's major orchestrators and follows the song as it travels from the composer's piano to the orchestra pit. Steven Suskin has meticulously tracked down thousands of original orchestral scores, piecing together enigmatic notes and notations with long-forgotten documents and current interviews with dozens of composers, producers, conductors and arrangers. The information is separated into three main parts: a biographical section which gives a sense of the life and world of twelve major theatre orchestrators, as well as incorporating briefer sections on another thirty arrangers and conductors; a lively discussion of the art of orchestration, written for musical theatre enthusiasts (including those who do not read music); a biographical section which gives a sense of the life and world of twelve major theatre orchestrators, as well as incorporating briefer sections on another thirty arrangers and conductors; and an impressive show-by-show listing of more than seven hundred musicals, in many cases including a song-by-song listing of precisely who orchestrated what along with relevant comments from people involved with the productions. Stocked with intriguing facts and juicy anecdotes, many of which have never before appeared in print, The Sound of Broadway Music brings fascinating and often surprising new insight into the world of musical theatre.

Reading Stephen Sondheim

A Collection of Critical Essays

Author: Sandor Goodhart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136525955

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 8257

First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


A Musical Comedy

Author: Stephen Sondheim,George Furth

Publisher: Theatre Communications Grou

ISBN: 9781559361088

Category: Drama

Page: 118

View: 8589

Sondheim's breakthrough play.


A Musical

Author: Stephen Sondheim,James Lapine

Publisher: Theatre Communications Grou

ISBN: 9781559360883

Category: Drama

Page: 131

View: 5270

Offers the complete libretto to the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical

A Little Night Music

Author: Stephen Sondheim,Hugh Wheeler

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854591074

Category: Musicals

Page: 129

View: 9076

An utterly sophisticated and charming musical boasting such numbers as 'Send in the Clowns'. New York Drama Critics Circle Award Tony Award for Best Musical Middle-aged actress Desir�e Armfeldt - presided over by her formidable mother - attempts to rid herself of one lover in order to marry another. Based on Ingmar Bergman's film, Smiles of a Summer Night.

On Sondheim

An Opinionated Guide

Author: Ethan Mordden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199394814

Category: Musicals

Page: 216

View: 8138

Giving each of Stephen Sondheim's musicals its own chapter, Ethan Mordden applies fresh insights and analysis to consider Sondheim's place in modern art, addressing the newcomer and the aficionado alike.

The Broadway Musical Quiz Book

Author: Laura Frankos

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1423492757

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 271

View: 3009

Includes over 80 quizzes on every aspect of the Broadway musical, including stars, directors, choreographers, shows imported from England, biographical shows, jukebox musicals, and shows by the decade.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Author: Titus Maccius Plautus

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557830647

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

View: 6111

(Applause Libretto Library). Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart Introduction by Larry Gelbart "This brazenly retro Broadway musical, inspired by Plautus, is as timeless as comedy itself." Vincent Canby, The New York Times "The most urbane and literate musical comedy text ever conceived." John Simon, New York magazine


Author: Stephen Sondheim,John Weidman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781559360388

Category: Drama

Page: 107

View: 5122

The Cambridge Companion to the Musical

Author: William A. Everett,Paul R. Laird

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107495229

Category: Music

Page: 428

View: 5778

Tracing the development of the musical on both Broadway and in London's West End, this updated Companion continues to provide a broad and thorough overview of one of the liveliest and most popular forms of musical performance. Ordered chronologically, essays cover from the American musical of the nineteenth century through to the most recent productions, and the book also includes key information on singers, audience, critical reception, and traditions. All of the chapters from the first edition remain – several in substantially updated forms – and five completely new chapters have been added, covering: ethnic musicals in the United States; the European musical; Broadway musicals in revival and on television; the most recent shows; and a case study of the creation of the popular show Wicked based on interviews with its creators. The Companion also includes an extensive bibliography and photographs from key productions.

The Almost Unknown Stephen Sondheim

39 Previously Unpublished Songs from 17 Shows and Films

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1540000133

Category: Music

Page: 356

View: 6032

(P/V/G Composer Collection). The "Almost Unknown" in the title of this collection refers to the fact that some of the songs, though never before published, have been recorded, and might be known to the most knowledgeable of Sondheim connoisseurs. However, it is safe to say that the songs in this landmark collection are among the least known of Sondheim's creations. This book includes contents by show or film title as well as by song title, an introduction about Sondheim, a preface by the editor, and detailed notes about each work and the show it came from. The piano/vocal editions were all personally approved by Sondheim.

Hat Box

The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim

Author: Stephen Sondheim

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 9780307957726

Category: Music

Page: N.A

View: 4927

Presents a collection of lyrics from the composer, and offers insights into his creative process, relationships with other legends of American theater, experiences in the theater, collaborations, and most significant successes and failures.