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Goodness and badness, Man in his madness, This time it all turns out all right — Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy tonight! The plot information would have to come in the form of a song. In a dark house with a single exposed light bulb for the piano and stage, Sondheim began to improvise words and music as Robbins slinked across the stage like a bad striptease artist.
Sondheim was less enamored with the lyric he wrote for Bernstein. I never felt it truly belonged. Audiences disagreed with both Sondheim and me. When I think of Stephen Sondheim songs, I think of his melody and lyrics as one. His career as a lyricist for other composers Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers is as distinct from his later work as night is to day, or conversely, day to night, since the quintessential Sondheim song is perceived to be somehow darker, lyrically more cerebral and colder than his earlier collaborative work.
The lyricist in a musical is writing the art of the character. Both are pathways to a truth, but there is a profound difference in process. If a writer composes a lyric with a complex thought or vivid image and fails to say it well, then the lines seem pretentious.
Lots of jazz in his antecedents, but little in Sondheim. Perhaps he is more a mixture of Ravel and Berg with a dash of Rachmaninoff in the piano. View all New York Times newsletters. But then why do theater audiences return year after year to myriad Sondheim revivals? He studiously chooses great book writers, great directors and talented casts.
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He has wonderful arrangements, writes supremely intelligent lyrics and music that is more melodic than he is given credit for. Sondheim celebrated his 80th birthday this year, but there is no reason to believe that his creative juices have diminished. Sunday in the Park with George [Original Cast]. Rose's Turn Gypsy. Stay With Me Into the Woods. View All.
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I love this song and this arrangement strives to recreate the complexity of Sondheims compositions. You cant beat an orchestra playing this song but this does the job. Did you find this review helpful? LOG IN to comment on this review.
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Very much enjoyed this. Sondheim is a struggle to transcribe but this is probably as close as you can get without having him write it.
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