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How Sondheim Found His SoundExcellent content Decent analysis Badly written I d much rather listen to Sondheim talk about music and words than listen to his actual music and words To really enjoy this to Sondheim talk about music and words than listen to his actual music and words To really enjoy this you have to have three ingredients 1 you need to be a rabid Stephen Sondheim fan or at least have a HUGE knowledge of his work 2 You have to have master s level degrees in music composition theatre and movie critiue 3 Finally you have to love in depth and detailed works written by great experts for the edification of other great experts Put aside your heart because this is Broadway musical history run through a careful and cold dissection oked and Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 27 prodded to death replete with anatomical drawingsI do love Sondheim He s the Broadway composer who started out as a lyricist for Gypsy and West Side Story He went on to write some of the greatest most complex musicals Broadway has ever seen including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Company A Little Might Music Follies Pacific Overtures Sweeney Todd Merrily We Roll Along Sunday in the Park with George Into the Woods Passion and Assassins Sondheim s musical composition is often intricate he regularly suffers the strange complaint that his songs aren t hummable His tunes are integral to thelot making them virtually impossible to be ulled out and turned into op songs Often songs are sung dialogue replete. “Steve Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound is a fascinating treatment and analysis of dialogue replete. “Steve Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound is a fascinating treatment and remarkable analysis greatest Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People playwright in song His marvelous text goes a long way towardlacing Stephen Sondheim among the towering artists of the late twentieth century” Cornel West Princeton University “Sondheim’s career and music have never been so skillfully dissected examined and ut in context With its focus on his work as composer this book is surprising and welcome” Theodore S Chapin President and Executive Director The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization “ an intriguing ‘biography’ of the songwriter’s style Swayne is to be congratulated for taking the study of this uniue composerlyricist into hitherto unnavigated waters” Stage Directions “The research is. With carefully constructed and clever rhymes witty sayings His technical ability has eople accusing Sondheim of writing shows that are too complicated and emotionally cold And yet over 60 years in the theatre has roven that he is a creative force to be reckoned with Sondheim is the man who successfully stirs the hearts and uncorks the emotions of theater going intellectualsThe technical side is all Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums present in Steve Swayne s book And since Sondheim does inspire such rabid intellectual debateerhaps Swayne was writing with the thought in mind that he d have to answer to Sondheim s nitpicky fans This is a book for experts by an expert It s accurate and thoroughly researched But as entertainment it s also a rather gray lifeless readPerhaps it s because I only have one college level class of music composition so I found the detailed descriptions of musical keys and chords tiring after 20 ages I kept having to look up the classical music that Swayne refers to and I often still didn t uite get the oint after listening to it I would google Swayne s references to Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms plays and movies I hadn t seen about half of the ones mentionedFrom theages and ages of dissertation level language we can tell Swayne has done his research But really at the core the author s basic remise to done his research But really at the core the author s basic remise to average reader is uite simple Sondheim is a roduct of what he Voluminous as are the artistry and Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns perceptiveness Swayne has lived richly within the world of Sondheim’s music” Richard Crawford author of America’s Musical Life A History “Amid the ever crowded bookshelf of writings on Sondheim Swayne’s analysis of Sondheim’s development as a composer stands up as a uniue and worthy study For the Sondheim aficionados there are new ideas and new information and for others Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound willrovide an intriguing introduction into the mind of arguably the greatest and most influential living Broadway composer” talkinbroadwaycom “What a fascinating book full of insights large and small An impressive analysis and summary of Sondheim’s many sources of inspiration All fans of the composer and lovers of Broadw.

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As exposed to He s very learned WASP #born and bred and ivy league educated with #and bred and IVY League educated with help by brilliant lyricist Oscar Hammerstein Sondheim is a classicist by nature Also Sondheim is a man whose high interest in detailed drama intricate structure and challenging uzzles and games informs all of his works Sondheim writes to specific style as with Sweeney Todd where he mixed Grand Guignol dark Victorian operatic with the film noir scores of Bernard Hermann PsychoThis is a book for researchers and Genocide of One people digging into the delicacies ofarts ieces and moments the viscera Swayne is obviously obsessed with Sondheim and the author is a workhorse of a researcher Also Swayne s not Afraid To Share An Opinion to share an opinion this high aiming book has an extraordinarily limited audience Until I read it I thought I was in that elite group Sondheim is often criticized for his intellectual detail complexity and coldness Yet his music when roperly and fairly explored has a true depth of emotion and human borne conflict Swayne s book has the intellect construction and coldness down Sadly it also assumes Sondheim s artistic heart is a mere Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt - The Art of the Deal product of academic dissection This book is allarts of the bodies of Sondheim s work carefully autopsied in a lab like experiment as if these very lively and human creations were The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage past the hope of breathing any new spark int. Ay in general will treasure and freuently refer to Swayne’s work” Tom Riis Joseph Negler Professor of Musicology and Director of the American Music Research Center University of Colorado Stephen Sondheim has made it clear that he considers himself a “playwright in song” How he arrived at this uniue appellation is the subject of How Sondheim Found His Sound an absorbing study of the multitudinous influences on Sondheim’s work Taking Sondheim’s own comments and music as a startingoint author Steve Swayne offers a biography of the artist’s style ulling aside the curtain on Sondheim’s creative universe to reveal the many influences from classical music to theater to film that have established Sondheim as one of the greatest dramatic composers of the twentieth century.

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