Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors. His career. Written By Stephen Sondheim. Cover By. Finishing the Hat (From “Sunday in the Park with George”) by Josh Groban ยท Finishing the Hat by Kelli O’Hara. “A printed collection [of lyrics],” says Stephen Sondheim at the beginning of Finishing the Hat, “is a dubious proposition.” Indeed: like making a.

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We hope to have this fixed soon. He claims to believe that the musical theatre is now, finally, in its death throes, but nothing in his practice reflects this. Really really 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.

West Side Story 3. Content dictates form, less is more, and god is in the details.

And I’m sure they can’t compare as far as taste! I don’t ultimately see a distinction between the creative abilities of human versus artificial intelligence; I just think that any effective artistic statement requires variation among a set of one or many factors including changeable rules and input while strict adherence to a one-size-fits-all sondheiim will be sterile.

About Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim has written award-winning music and lyrics for theater, film and television. We laughed, we cried, but most of all we hugged ourselves for having, as we felt, discovered this genius, our contemporary.

Do I Hear a Waltz? This is a book for die-hard Sondheim fans, budding lyricists or lyric aficionados only. Jan 02, David rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


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His landlady, the besotted pie-seller Mrs. If you love musical theatre but are indifferent toward Sondheim you still ought to read this book. This is reflection on his experience in the creation of 13 musicals, with the benefit of time to explore his intentions at the time, and their More! I saw A Little Night Music last December so that helped, and while reading the lyrics to Sweeney Todd I thought back to the film, and while I didn’t think it was a great film I did enjoy the lyrics.

As for rhymes, he’s almost manic on the subject. One point in the lyric worth noting: To ask other readers questions about Finishing the Hatplease sign up. Wow that was self-indulgent and gay of me! Nov 07, willaful rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It’s all there, lyrics from 28 years worth of writing in one volume.

Jun zondheim, Steven rated it it was amazing. Sondheim provides an sondneim of how and why each musical came to be, problems he encountered, problems he caused, analyses of other composers and lyricists, commentary on theatrical fiinishing, and much more, all of which resulted in my improved understanding of music, musicals, and Mr.

Gilbert or Gilbert and Sullivan fame. Even more interesting are Sondheim’s views of his own work, as well as the insights he offers into how he writes. I’ve moved on to the second volume.

I secretly hope he’s got another show in him before he leaves this earth. I mean, with the price of meat What it is, When you get it, If you get it When you are creating a work of art, or any other kind of work, finish the job off perfectly. When it came in and I took a closer look at it, I realized how wrong I’d been, and immediately sat down ht started reading. Examples of his extreme fussiness abound.


Reading this book, as opposed to scanning this book, opens windows of insight into the career and the personality of one of America’s treasures.

I also didn’t appreciate him disparaging the audiences who enjoy these writer’s shows. He writes as he is, a curmudgeonly veteran of the stage who spares nothing and no one from criticism. He discusses how difficult it was to work with Jerome Robbins, but cites several instances aht Robbins’ genius saved the day.

Finishing the Hat

Best of all, Sondheim appraises his work and dissects his lyrics, as well as those of others, offering unparalleled insights into songwriting that will be studied by fans and aspiring songwriters for sondhfim to come. Because man does he have to work with constraints.

Can’t wait to crack Volume 2.

For the song, see Sunday in the Park with George. As he discusses the lyrics for several of his major musicals from to including West Side Story, Gypsy, C To mark his 80th birthday year, musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim appraises his long career and dissects his own lyrics from West Side Story to Sweeney Todd.

You never know when a helicopter, or some other instrument not at the moment invented, may come along and find you out. That those above will serve those down below!

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