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A Bow for Mr SondheimStephen Sondheim Will probably forever be regarded as the finest yricist the musical stage has known with apologies to Resume Writers Workbook librettist W S Gilbert or Gilbert and Sullivan fame He has always taken on stories that encourage no force the audience t I m fascinated by people whoove their work and take it seriously so even if I wasn t a musicals fan I probably would ve enjoyed this book The subtitle describes it pretty well this is a collection of Sondheim s Top Ten Of Everything 1995 lyrics from the first half of his career along with his commentary about the process of writing theyrics and creating the shows He also gives uncensored opinions on other Southern Sons lyricists work which are saved from seeming brutal by their obvious sincerity and by the fact that he is just as hard on himself Only very occasionally does he veer into seeming a bit spiteful and then mostly about criticsThis offers fascinating insight into the process of writingyrics and the theatre world I read every bit of commentary even that about shows I m not familiar with and I can t wait for the second volume Look I Made a Hat Collected Lyrics 1981 2011 With Attendant Comments Amplifications Dogmas Harangues Wafflings Diversions and An What does it mean to make art Does the artist create and nurture his work or does it feed on him consuming his Clio and the Crown life until he is forever finishing the hat Paging through Stephen Sondheim s recent memoircommentaryanthology I couldn t help wonderingIn his book Sondheim discusses the principles and heresies ofyric composition at the Friday Forever level of a technical master analyzing himself and his deceased contemporaries with all the precision of his own bestyrics He writes as he is a curmudgeonly veteran of the stage who spares nothing and no one from criticism Having performed Sondheim musicals on the stage I am familiar with the challenge his work presents to performers and audiences but it was only by reading Sondheim s own meticulous notes that I discovered an inkling of his true genius His Teen 2.0 lyrics are simple even conversational and elaborate each syllable and consonant contending with and complimenting the score By some strange alchemy Sondheim reconciles the maxims Less is and God is in the details And yet these clear true beautifulyrics are from a man with a bleak The Origins of Anti-Authoritarianism loveless childhood a gay man who has never sustained aong term relationship in his 20 plus years out of the closet The book offers no bridge to that gap except to invite the conclusion that Sondheim In Search of Elvis like George of Sunday in the Park is always finishing the hat distracted from realife by the art he draws it from All in all a fascinating read that In Search Of Elvis like its author both illuminates and fascinates I mean yeah I don t know how else to rate this It s on a totally different scale than a novel or whatever If you are interested in musical theater in general and in Sondheim in particular then obviously this book is for you But also if you are interested inearning about how a writer who is EXTREMELY GOOD at what he does actually does what he does you might want to Transitional Justice Beyond Blueprints look at this There is tons of good writing advice packed in here and aot of fascinating critical self dissection along the Online Intercultural Education and Study Abroad lines of that Community post mortem Dan Harmon did in the AV Club There are a bunch of parts where Sondheim points out egregious errors in his work In time honored and universally cherished songs Songs youove and know by heart And he points out problems you probably never even noticed and will now not be able to unsee But for every I never should have done that and I can t believe that at the time I couldn t think of a better way to finish that Injury Time line moment there is a moment where he points to something and says See what I did there That s really good And it s great It s totally entertaining and fascinating and useful Overall this is a greatesson in the importance of constraints in writing Because man does he have to work with constraints It has to not only make sense but it has to rhyme And the part at the beginning where he talks about the different kinds of rhyme and why only perfect rhymes matter was fascinating and made me want to re evaluate the Toddlers and Tequila lyrics of songwriters who we consider to be really goodyricists Because maybe there is a Ending War Crimes, Chasing the War Criminals lost art thing happening there in popular music Maybe AND also about constraints there are a number of examples where some of the best songs of his career were 3rd or 4th drafts orast minute additions to the show written in hotel rooms in Boston The show wasn t working he needed to fix it It s not done until it s done The amount of cut songs in here is mind blowing He just writes and writes and writes and keeps going until it s done and then still keeps going after it s done It s really inspiring I haven t read the whole book I m skipping around from show to show and enjoying it but this was at 5 stars after the first few sections I read Company A Little Night Music in my caseReally really Parts of a World looking forward to the 2nd volume of this so we can dig into Assassins and the second acts of Sunday In the Park With George and Into the Woods about which I have Opinions so I cannot wait to see how they mesh and clash with His opinions When I first heard about this book I wasn t too excited For some reason I was under the impression that it was just a collection of theyrics Nice to have but really not that necessary since ahem I already know them all by heart I dutifully ordered the book from the Qualitative Data Analysis library though this is Sondheim we re talking about after all When it came in and I took a closerook at it I realized how wrong I d been and immediately sat down and started reading This is the book Sondheim fans have been waiting for and it was a great great pleasure to read it Far from being just the yrics the book has a wealth of material about the songs the productions and musical theater in generalIncluded are a brief preface in which Sondheim outlines his mantra for yric writing a general introduction and a short essay on rhyme After the introductory materials come the Um Dia Esta Dor Vai Ser Útil lyrics for all the shows from Saturday Night in 1954 to Merrily We Roll Along in 1981 Threaded throughout theyrics are Sondheim s notes about specific songs and the conditions of their writing as well as how and why he made certain creative decisions Along the way Sondheim gives us critical commentary about many of the great The Sirens Realm (The Tethering, lyricists He comments on none who are stilliving though speaking ill exclusively of the dead seems to me the gentlemanly thing to do he writesIt s fascinating to hear Sondheim mention Noel Coward as a writer whose Harceles lyrics I cordially but intensely dislike and to find out whyater in the book or to De Gaulle 1969 learn that he is bored by Gilbert and Sullivan or that he considers Dorothy Fields the most underrated of the majoryricists Irving Berlin Cole Porter Ira Gershwin Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein among others all come in for close examination Even interesting are Sondheim s views of his own work as well as the insights he offers into how he writes For instance he says of The Road You Didn t Take from Follies In the interest of full disclosure I should add that the The Social Media Business Equation last twoines make me glow with self satisfaction There is a detailed explanation of how he had to just make up many of the vulgar words in the Beggarwoman s song from Sweeney Todd since he couldn t figure out how to find a source for authentic 19th century Cockney slang He also includes a bowdlerized version of the verse that he wrote for school and sueamish regional productions Elsewhere he comments on his annoyance when people mistakenly assume that the title song from Anyone Can Whistle is autobiographical To believe that it is my credo is to believe that I m the prototypical Repressed Intellectual and that explains everything about me Later in the book he tells us that The only song I ve written which is an immediate expression of a personal internal experience is Finishing the Hat from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe book ends with Merrily We Roll Along Macromedia Coldfusion Mx: Professional Projects leaving all of the musicals from 1981 onward including all of his collaborations with James Lapine for a promised second volume With a great sense of drama Sondheim concludes this volume with the words then I met James Lapine What a cliffhanger Il be waiting outside the doors of the bookstore when volume two is due to come out I poked away at this for years dipping in and out before finally finishing this week Sheer genius Can t wait to crack Volume 2 There is nobody Encyclop�die Der Rechtswissenschaft like Sondheim Much as Iove Cole Porter and the Rogers and Hart and Rogers and Hammerstein musicals it s Sondheim who sings to meThis collection of White Christmas-Bloody Christmas lyrics to his musicals from West Side Story in 1957 to Merrily We Roll Along in 1981 is enlightening Sondheim introduces ea So much of what I could say in a review of Sondheim sovely book of Iraq from Manadate Independence lyrics Finishing the Hat is touched upon by singersongwriter Paul Simon in an article he wrote for The New York Times will only add my own thoughts which are wordy because Iove the man When I was a freshman in my rural Iowa high school I took vocal The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems lessons with aocal college instructor Hollis Dobref who Genres Across the Disciplines later went on to work with Jason Smith to develop up and coming jazz artists at The School for Music Vocations The school didn t start until 1991 when I was off in college 70 miles away I didn t have aot of musical knowledge outside of classical band and choral stuff we sang my family s Ella Fitzgerald collection and ate 70s and 80s radio music My first song with Hollis was I Remember Sky from Stephen Sondheim s TV musical Evening PrimroseI was fascinated by the images the dark and apocalyptic feel of the yricsI remember Game Night leavesGreen as spearmintCrisp as paperI remember treesBare as coat racksSpreadike broken umbrellasI went to our small high school Magic Touch (The Wizards of Venus, library Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys an Academy Award seven Grammys a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors His career has spanned than half a century hisyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture and in Finishing the Hat titled after perhaps his most autobiographical song from Sunday in the Park with George Sondheim has not only collected his Grovers Own Alphabet lyrics for the first time he is giving readers a rare personalook into his Husband for Real life as well as his remarkable productionsAlong with theyrics for all of his musicals from 1954 to 1981 including West Side Story Company Follies A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd Sondheim treats us to never before pub.

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Usic because it supplies its own All those emphatic rhythms ringing rhymes repeated refrains the poem sings as it s being read This is why The Pied Piper has never been set well take away the singsong and you destroy the poem keep it in the music and you bore the istener mercilessly with rhythmic repetition Music tends to hammer Hard Pushed light verse into monotony or shatter its grace Light verse is complete unto itself Lyrics by definitionack something if they don t they re probably not good How Philosophy Works lyricsHowever to cite but one counter example I ve always thought that Samuel Coleridge Taylor s setting of Longfellow s Song of Hiawatha was both fun and also true to theight verse original without being sing songy So notwithstanding Sondheim s incredible talent vast experience and estimable success as against my utter non entitude I m not sure I m prepared to agree with the man 100%Examples of his extreme fussiness abound Take this Charlie Hernndez the League of Shadows line from Silly Peoplea contemptuously chromatic song cut from A Little Night Music p 279 When now it smilesIt smiles foroversWhen next it smilesIt smiles for foolsThe The Little Book of Comfort last it smilesIt smiles for themThe othersThe rememberersThe truly silly people There s probably some Hammerstein influence here Hello Young Lovers from The King and I and perhaps a bit of Lorenz Hart as well Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered from Pal Joey Sondheim s rightfully proud of the song as a whole which was cut for reasons of pacing and character but then he finds it necessary to addOne point in theyric worth noting the unfortunate juxtaposition of Dancing on the Ceiling lovers and others When a musical parallel seems to call for a rhyme and either none is available or it would neaten the structure too much the solution is to use two words which sonically have nothing to do with each other so that the ear doesn t register them as a near miss That had been for me anyhow a problem with Together Wherever We Go in Gypsy where at the end of the chorus Together and Wherever were sung slowly sounding as if they should rhyme In that case the fogginess of the near rhyme was partly mitigated by the two words coming together in the title so that it seemed part of the fabric of theyric Here the word others was the only word that I wanted to use and I couldn t avoid the juxtaposition Much as I The Wee Free Men (Discworld, like this song the sound of others still makes the word a wrong choice Given commentsike this one might suppose that Sondheim would accede to the idea that a computer program could be devised which through algorithm and dictionary alone as opposed to databases of exemplars could consistently churn out original and emotionally resonant works with few if any boners No doubt there are AI s out there that produce good facsimiles of poetry and song I ve heard some great MIDI fractal generators which fed enough pieces to analyze can occasionally mimic music composition fairly well and no doubt either that eventually a Kurzweill will produce a program that devises one or pieces which an educated musicologist cannot distinguish as automated in origin though I would nonetheless credit the programmer for the output I don t ultimately see a distinction between the creative abilities of human versus artificial intelligence I just think that any effective artistic statement reuires variation among a set of one or many factors including changeable rules and input while strict adherence to a one size fits all approach will be sterile While I don t dare dispute that good works can be found to adhere to articulatable principles and that craft can be found in the consistent application of those principles I guess I would take issue with Sondheim s view that there is an invariable RIGHT way to compose Kidnapped lyrics music or what have youSondheim even goes so far as to argue that each of his shows respective sets ofyrics has an essence and existence distinct and independent from one another as opposed to displaying a uniue personal style with the homogeneity of voice and tone he finds within the works of Cole Porter Irving Berlin Lorenz Hart Ira Gershwin and Dorothy Fields According to Sondheim his songs individuality arises by circumstances of plot and character uniue to each production I find this to be an arrogantly myopic and unnecessary conceit Nor am I alone in this Sondheim s works are sufficiently self similar that they have been successfully re assembled into multiple reviews at All Quiet on the Western Front least two of which Marry Me a Little and Putting it Together have complete books with plots unrelated to the songs original settings Putting it Together is the remarkable as a Sondheim meta musical in that it could credibly serve as a musical version of Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf At one point in the second act Sondheim sLive Alone and Like It which while cut from Dick Tracy sounds much of a piece with the songs of Saturday Night is sandwiched so neatly between companion songs from A Little Night Music and Company it s clear it could have been inserted as unobtrusively in any of those three other worksIronically given Sondheim s apparent contempt of self similarity he prides himself on his capacity for mimicry both of the writing styles of hisibrettists and of the compositional styles of his peers Deliberate pastiche abounds in his work especially in his ush score for Follies although the ine between period piece mimicry and competent fulfillment of genre expectations is a murky one In any case I m not sure why it would be a bad thing for a talented artist to demonstrate a recognizable personal style For me the Best Mechanic Ever lyrical tic most evident from reading this collection is Sondheim s constant contrast ofife as an emblem of Dinosaur Dinners love meaning and fulfillment with its opposite a time honored operatic tradition in the context of eros as brilliantly documented by Peter Conrad s A Song of Love and Death The Meaning of OperaIn fact there s not a show in this book that doesn t have ateast one In His Blood lifedeathyricSaturday Night And when you re alone On a Saturday night You might as well be deadWest Side Story Make of our vows one Desert Kings (Deathlands, last vow Only death will part us now Hel murder your An Officer and a Spy love he murdered mineGypsy Anybody that stays home is dead Some people can sit around Under glass till they re underground That s perfect for some people Who don t know how toiveA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum If you start to feel a tingle And you Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, like remaining single Stay home don t take a breath You could catch your death Causeove is around Anyone Can Whistle Crazy business this this Ooko life weive in Don t complain about the time we re given With so Naked little to be sure of in this world Anyone can whistle that s what they say easyJust once Il do it Just once before I dieDo I Hear a Waltz She s nice and sweet and dead He s tall and ineffectual They Shadow Scale (Seraphina, look delicious they re gonna be all rightCompany Somebody crowd me withove Somebody force me to care Somebody Claim The Crown let me come through Il always be there As frightened as you To help us survive Being alive Someone to hold you too close Someone to hurt you too deep Someone to bore you to death Happily ever afterFollies Dreams you didn t dare Are dead In Buddy s arms On Buddy s shoulder I won t get older Nothing dies One kiss before we part Not with tears or a sigh All things beautiful must die Learn how to Nerds laugh Learn how toove Learn how to In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, live That s my styleA Little Night Music Soon Il be Ninety and Dead Do I fear Death Let it Come to me Now If I m Dead I can Wait How can I Live until Later Every day a Bark little death In the parlor in the bed Every move and every breath And you hardly feel a thing Brings a perfectittle deathThe Frogs All aboard Club Dead Straight ahead What with the dancing and the eating And the On Such a Full Sea laughing and the drinking There s no problem in retreating From the awkwardness of thinking And that ever present smidgin of dread Down here among the dead Like up there among the deadPacific Overtures Life and death are but verses in a poem The word stops the heart dies The wind counts theost goodbyesSweeney Todd Because the Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! lives of the wicked should be made brief For the rest of us death will be a relief We all deserve to die Not a thing to fear Myove What s dead Is dead And Cannibal life is for the alive my dear Soet s keep Mastered (The Enforcers, living itMerrily We Roll Along Dreams don t die So keep an eye on your dream But I just go on Thinking and sweating And cursing and crying And turning and reaching And waking and dying And until I die Il die day after dayAfter dayAnd that s but a smattering Sondheim s perpetual elevation of Man, Son of Man love and personal fulfillment to a mortal struggle a metaphorical if notiteral matter of Alter Ego life and death is clearly his favorite themeSondheim may be oblivious to his own id e fixes but I don t think he s correct to find fault in them Personally I find the obsession fascinating in its variation and noess effective a metaphor for all its repetition from show to show With a bit of familiarity Sondheim s work can be spotted a mile away And so what s wrong with a bit of style Anyone who can toss off ines as clever as In the movies ife is finerLife is cleanerBut in Brooklyn it s a minorMisdemeanor In the Movies from Saturday Night p 9orHyphenated HarrietThe nouveauFrom New Ro Chelle sitsAt the RitzWith her splitsOf Mumm sAnd starts to pineFor a steinWith her village chumsBut with a SchlitzIn her mittsDown in Fitz Roy s BarShe thinks of the Ritz ohIt s soSchizoUptownDowntown cut from Follies p 236deserves to be celebrated not condemned Sondheim claims that collections of song Uncommon Wisdom lyrics are superfluous given the existence of performable shows and extant recordings Neither this work nor its anticipated seuel Look I Made a Hat would have been written had not his publisher goaded him into it Well good on his publisher I m hard pressed to imagine a curmudgeon I d rather read. For years to come Accompanying Sondheim’s sparkling writing are behind the scenes photographs from each production along with handwritten music andyrics from the songwriter’s personal collection Penetrating and surprising poignant funny and sometimes provocative Finishing the Hat is not only an informative Unseen City look at the art and craft ofyric writing it is a history of the theater that belongs on the same Art literary shelf as Moss Hart’s Act One and Arthur Miller’s Timebends It is also a book that willeave you humming the final bars of Merrily We Roll Along while eagerly anticipating the next volume which begins with the opening ines of Sunday in the Park with George.

Graduated in a class of ess than a hundred but found almost nothing on Sondheim I went to our miniscule Matilda J Gibson Memorial Library our town population had at one point topped 8000 but has since been hovering in the Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard low 7000s and found albums of A Little Night Music Gypsy West Side Story and Sweeney Todd Then I was hooked I went to our community collegeibrary which was run by my foster mom and found even A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Company FolliesI never found out much about Evening Primrose until college I hid my The Matriarchs (The Family love of Sondheim s complex cerebral music andyrics in small town Iowa I was scared closeted and sill primarily addicted to playsThis book his major Notes for the Everlost lyrics up to 1984 was a gift for Christmas it s also a clear indication that I haveeft my self imposed hiding I sat and When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) listened to many recordings as I read theyrics thoughts and anecdotes Sondheim is only snippy and gossipy once and he eschews criticizing No Biggy! livingyricists Finishing the Hat is only a partial picture he still has to cover 1984 on and there are several small songs I hope he includes one offs Crush It! like I Never Do Anything Twice and the music from the film Dick Tracy Also you cannot hear his artistic and odd stirring composition unless you do what I did curling up with the book and taking it slowistening to several cast recordings and artist albums Wow that was self indulgent and gay of meI will say this about Sondheim s supposed Attracting Birds to Your Backyard lack of heart and hummable tunes I fell inove with the complexity the intricacy of his Deep Listening lyrics Ioved that you had to Bird-by-Bird Gardening listen to the music several times to understand the structure My friends will tell you I simplyive for being exposed to intellectually and emotionally challenging ideas I have always The Works of Saint Augustine loved things that combine humor with thought provoking ideas and I think very few artists in any medium do that as well as SondheimOtherwise I agree with Paul Simon Sondheim has challenged and changed the modern theatricalandscape for the better I agree with Broadway star Mandy Patinkin that Sondheim may well be the Shakespeare of our age I also agree with Simon when he says a simple Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone lyric or clich after a complexyric or image may help the audience breathe this is something Sondheim just does not do Sondheim piles on ideas and imagery and witty turns of phrase and intricate rhymes one after the other not allowing his audience to breathe In fact have been holding my breath since that day in 1984 I first met his workI My Teacher Is a Robot ll include theyrics to A Little Priest from Sweeney Todd For the two people who don t know the story Victorian barber Todd has just murdered a man blackmailing him He s also ravaged with fury plotting revenge on the world for the injustices he faced He plans to kill again His Supper Club landlady the besotted pie seller Mrs Lovett has a brilliant idea for getting rid of Todd s bodiesMRS LOVETTSeems a downright shameTODD ShameLOVETTSeems an awful wasteSuch a nice plump frameWot s is name hasHadHasNor it can t be tracedBus ness needs aiftDebts to be erasedThink of it as thriftAs a giftIf you get my driftNoSeems an awful wasteI mean with the price of meatWhat it isWhen you get itIf you get itTODD HAHLOVETTGood you got itTake for instance Mrs Mooney and her pie shopBus ness never better using only pussycats and toastAnd a pussy s good for maybe six or seven at the mostAnd I m sure they can t compare as far as tasteSimultaneouslyTODDMrs Lovett what a charming notionLOVETTWell it does seem a wasteTODDEminently practicalAnd yet appropriate as alwaysLOVETTIt s an ideaTODDMrs Lovett how I ve Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) livedWithout you all these years Il never knowHow delectableAlso undetectableLOVETTThink about itLots of other gentlemen Professional Capital llSoon be comin for a shaveWon t theyThink ofAll themPiesTODDHow choiceHowRareTODDFor what s the sound of the world out thereLOVETTWhat Mr ToddWhat Mr ToddWhat is that soundTODDThose crunching noises pervading the airLOVETTYes Mr ToddYes Mr ToddYes all aroundTODDIt s man devouring man my dearBOTHAnd LOVETT Then who are we to deny it in hereTODD spoken These are desperate timesMrs Lovett and desperate measures are called forLOVETT Here we are now Hot out of the ovenTODD What is thatLOVETTIt s priest Have aittle priestTODDIs it really goodLOVETTSir it s too good at Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) leastThen again they don t commit sins of the fleshSo it s pretty freshTODDAwfulot of fatLOVETTOnly where it satTODDHaven t you got poet or something Berlioz, Vol. 2 like thatLOVETTNo y see the trouble with poet is Ow do you know it s deceasedTry the priestTODD spoken HeavenlyNot as hearty as bishop perhapsbut then again not as bland as curate eitherLOVETTAnd good for business too alwayseaves you wantin Trouble is we only get it on SundaysLawyer s rather niceTODDIf it s for a priceLOVETTOrder something else though to followSince no one should swallow it twiceTODDAnything that s The Middle Sin (Cleo North leanLOVETTWell then if you re British andoyalYou might enjoy Royal MarineAnyway it s cleanThough of course it tastes of wherever it s beenTODDIs that suireOn the fireLOVETTMercy no sir The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress look closerYoul notice it s grocerTODDLooks thickerMore Midnight Fantasies like vicarLOVETTNo it has to be grocer It s greenTODDThe history of the world myove LOVETTSave a Men of Steele Bundle lot of gravesDo aot of relatives favorsTODDIs those below serving those up aboveLOVETTEv rybody shavesSo there should be plenty of flavorsTODDHow gratifying for once to knowBOTHThat those above will serve those down belowLOVETT spoken Now Million-Dollar Nanny let s see here We ve got tinkerTODD Something pinkerLOVETT TailorTODD PalerLOVETT ButlerTODD SubtlerLOVETT PotterTODD HotterLOVETT LocksmithLovely bit of clerkTODDMaybe for aarkLOVETTThen again there s sweepIf you want it cheapAnd you The Millionaires Waitress Wife (The Brubaker Brides, like it darkTry the financierPeak of his careerTODDThatooks pretty rankLOVE Stephen Sondheim wrote all of FINISHING THE HAT covering roughly the first half of his musical career 1954 81 He reprints the yrics and offers side remarks as to what was going on at the times these shows were composed This period embraces WEST SIDE STORY for which he wrote the yrics also A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM words and music both ditto that daring pair COMPANY and FOLLIES ca 1970 Also in this volume are A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC PACIFIC OVERTURES and others To style this generous coffee table ish book in part Grudges Whines and Anecdotes may have been a The Millionaires Miracle little too self deprecating but in so doing Sondheim did grant himselfeave to digress which he does upon occasion Never mind even the digressions are worthwhile After readi Look I m a music theater buff and a Sondheim freak So it was preordained that I would ove this book Actually I was expecting to find it redundant if not nostalgia inducing inasmuch as I have ong owned and adored copies of his scores and Mine Under the Mistletoe libretti and near memorized recordings of every Sondheim show save the unloveable mess that is Road Show about which you can read my review elsewhere on Goodreads However I can confidently tell you that ANYbody with even a PASSing interest in theater would delight in reading this book It kicks off with an extended and fascinating essay on what distinguishes songyrics from poetry proceeds chronologically through Sondheim s writings including The Medicine Man lyrics to cut and rewritten songs from the chamber piece Saturday Night it took than 50 years to see produced through to 1981 s Merrily We Roll Along Unlike the Golden Age collections ofyrics edited by Robert Kimball Sondheim s is heavily interlarded with both contextualizing plot synopses he thanks the efforts of his Maverick Christmas liner notes authors for their ahem inspiration and Sondheim s own annotations witticisms and criticisms It is theatter of these that make this such an invaluable book it s chock full of insight not just to Sondheim s work ethic but to his attitudes about Millionaires Dont Count (Harlequin Mini lyric writing in generalBut wait there s In addition to collectingyrics from thirteen different shows Finishing the Hat is full of great examples that illustrate his principles from various writers including Dorothy Parker as well as constructively critical assessments of his professional predecessors Oscar Hammerstein Noel Coward Alan Jay Lerner Ira Gershwin Frank Loesser et al Best of all the book is rich with photostats of handwritten early drafts and you can thereby see the master at work it s all about filling the margins with a brainstormed thesaurus of useable phrases and coupletsSondheim makes no bones about being both opinionated and rigid when it comes to the subject of Liberating Paris lyric writing I ve already written about this in the comments to GoodReader Trevor s typically excellent review of Jay Parini s Why Poetry Matters In the context of Parini Trevor uotedRoyal Society of Literature Fellow and OBE Don Paterson s distinction between poetry and songyrics which I found to dovetail uite nicely with Sondheim s opinionsFrom pp xvii xviii of the Introduction Sondheim writesMusical theater Lyrics even poetic ones are not poems Poems are written to be read silently or aloud not sungPoetry is an art of concision yrics of expansion Poems depend on packed images on resonance and juxtaposition on density Every reader absorbs a poem at his own pace inflecting it with his own rhythms stresses and tone The tempo is dictated ess by what the poet intends than by the reader s comprehension All of us as we read poetry prose too slow down speed up even stop to reread when overwhelmed by the extravagance of the images or confused by the grammatical eccentricities The poet may guide us with punctuation and To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, layout and seduce us with the subtle abutment of words and sounds but it is we readers who supply the musical treatmentPoetry can be set to music gracefully as Franz Schubert and aong To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, line of others have proved but poetry doesn t need musicyrics doLyrics are not ight verse either Light verse doesn t demand Lished songs from each show songs that were cut or discarded before seeing the ight of day He discusses his relationship with his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II and his collaborations with extraordinary talents such as Leonard Bernstein Arthur Laurents Ethel Merman Richard Rodgers Angela Lansbury Harold Prince and a panoply of others The anecdotes filled with history pointed observations and intimate details transport us back to a time when theater was a major pillar of American culture Best of all Sondheim appraises his work and dissects his yrics as well as those of others offering unparalleled insights into songwriting that will be studied by fans and aspiring songwriters.

Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American musical and film composer and lyricist winner of an Academy Award multiple Tony Awards seven than any other composer multiple Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize He has been described by Frank Rich in the The New York Times as the greatest and perhaps best known artist in the American musical theater His most famous scores include as composer


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    Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com Stephen Sondheim wrote all of FINISHING THE HAT covering roughly the first half of his musical career 1954 81 He reprints the lyrics and offers side remarks as to what was going on at the times these shows were composed This period embraces WEST SIDE STORY for which he wrote the lyrics; also A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM words and music both; ditto that daring pair COMPANY and FOLLIES ca 1970 A

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    Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com So much of what I could say in a review of Sondheim's lovely book of lyrics Finishing the Hat is touched upon by singersongwriter Paul Simon in an article he wrote for The New York Times will only add my own thoughts – which are wordy because I love the man When I was a freshman in my rural Iowa high school I took vocal lessons with a lo

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    Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com Stephen Sondheim Ð 8 review review Ù eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ð Stephen Sondheim There is nobody like Sondheim Much as I love Cole Porter and the Rogers and Hart and Rogers and Hammerstein musicals it's Sondheim who sings to meThis collection of lyrics to his musicals from West Side Story in 1957 to Merrily We Roll Along in 1981 is enlightening Sondheim introduces each show includes the lyrics to songs that were cut and explains the dynamics between him and the producer director writer of the book choreographer and co

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    review Ù eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ð Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim Ð 8 review Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com I poked away at this for years dipping in and out before finally finishing this week Sheer genius Can't wait to crack Volume 2

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    Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com When I first heard about this book I wasn't too excited For some reason I was under the impression that it was just a collection of the lyrics Nice to have but really not that necessary since ahem I already know them all by heart I dutifully ordered the book from the library though this is Sondheim we're talking about aft

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    Stephen Sondheim Ð 8 review Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com I mean yeah I don't know how else to rate this It's on a totally different scale than a novel or whatever If you are interested in musical theater in general and in Sondheim in particular then obviously this book is for you But also if you are interested in learning about how a writer who is EXTREMELY GOOD at what he does actually does what he does you might want to look at this There is tons of good writing advice packed in her

  8. says: review Ù eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ð Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim Ð 8 review Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com

    Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com What does it mean to make art? Does the artist create and nurture his work or does it feed on him consuming his life until he is forever “finishing the hat”? Paging through Stephen Sondheim’s recent memoircommentaryanthology I couldn’

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    Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com I'm fascinated by people who love their work and take it seriously so even if I wasn't a musicals fan I probably would've enjoyed this book The subtitle describes it pretty well this is a collection of Sondheim's lyrics from the fir

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    Book Pdf Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes Û Stephen Sondheim – latinboyz4play.com review Ù eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ð Stephen Sondheim Read & Download Finishing the Hat Collected Lyrics 1954 1981 With Attendant Comments Principles Heresies Grudges Whines and Anecdotes A Bow for Mr SondheimStephen Sondheim Will probably forever be regarded as the finest lyricist the musical stage has known with apologies to librettist W S Gilbert or Gilbert and Sullivan fame He has always taken on stories that enco

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