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…  See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

The Sondheim Review
A fascinating read for even a casual admirer of Sondheim's work.
The Whole Note
Sondheim may be a brilliant subject, but the well-prepared interviewer, Mark Eden Horowitz, is himself smart, probing, and refreshingly self-effacing. All of which makes this book essential reading for those with any interest in musical theatre.
Smithsonian Magazine
Sondheim devotees will be forever grateful to Library of Congress music specialist Mark Horowitz for the interviews he conducted with Sondheim in 1997, the most extensive about how the composer works and the basis of an upcoming book, Sondheim On Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions.
— Chip Brown
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...a wonderful achievement....Horowitz's contribution to the conversation is astonishing in the questions he thinks to ask and the deep understanding of Sondheim's work, and musical theatre in general, that he brings to the table.
— Orson Scott Card
Book News, Inc. - Rob Kendt
...any with a curiosity about the musical theatre of the past half century or a passing interest in the creative process behind it will find gems here....The real meat of the book is in free-ranging discussions of Sondheim's choices, tastes, and reflections on music and theatre throughout and beyond his own career. I started to fold the edges of pages that had something juicy on them...and soon found I was folding nearly every page.
Bob Mondello
For the Sondheim nut, and I count myself among them, it's hard to imagine a more intriguing read.
Musical Times, (Uk) - Stephen Banfield
Finally, Mark Horowitz's contribution to Sondheim studies...The interviews are top notch: Horowitz has managed to relax Sondheim into loquacity, technical generosity and humour far more than most, perhaps all, of his predecessors (and there are many)...An enormous amount of insight into Sondheim's motivations and aims can be gleaned from what he says in the pages.
Smithsonian Magazine - Chip Brown
Sondheim devotees will be forever grateful to Library of Congress music specialist Mark Horowitz for the interviews he conducted with Sondheim in 1997, the most extensive about how the composer works and the basis of an upcoming book, Sondheim On Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions.
Robert Kimball
In these remarkable dialogues Mark Horowitz has elicited cogent, illuminating insights into the creative process from Stephen Sondheim, the ever-astonishing titan of the musical stage.
Www.Hatrack.Com - Orson Scott Card
...a wonderful achievement....Horowitz's contribution to the conversation is astonishing in the questions he thinks to ask and the deep understanding of Sondheim's work, and musical theatre in general, that he brings to the table.

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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

Meet 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.

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