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Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions

Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions

by Mark Eden Horowitz

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810874374
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/20/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 584
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Mark Eden Horowitz is Senior Music Specialist at the Library of Congress where he has worked as archivist for the collections of manuscripts and papers of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Vernon Duke, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jonathan Larson, Jascha Heifetz, Jerome Kern, Frederick Loewe, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and Vincent Youmans, among others. He has taught courses in musical theater and Sondheim at Georgetown University and is Contributing Editor to The Sondheim Review.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: The Interviews Chapter 4 1 Passion Chapter 5 2 Assassins Chapter 6 3 Into the Woods Chapter 7 4 Sunday in the Park with George Chapter 8 5 Interlude Chapter 9 6 Sweeney Todd Chapter 10 7 Pacific Overtures Chapter 11 Finale Part 12 Part II: Songs I Wish I'd Written (At Least in Part) Part 13 Part III: Songlisting, Discography, and Publishing Information Chapter 14 Explanatory Notes Chapter 15 Songlisting, Discography, and Publishing Information Chapter 16 Music Acknowledgments Part 17 Index Part 18 About the Author

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