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 · 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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Report an error Editorial code of conduct. Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, He reprints the lyrics and offers side remarks as to what was going on at the times these shows were composed.

Hammerstein also claimed that the opening number is the most important song in a musical because it establishes tone, character, information and everything in between. Sondehim a lyricist so this is more than sondeim a book for me. Open this photo in gallery: Scattered throughout the book are observations about his craft which are riveting, and rivetingly expressed: It’s easy to follow along the amazingly familiar, like “Send in the Clowns,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” and the entire score of West Side Story, but for other shows the lyrics didn’t really sink in with me.

This is a space where subscribers hag engage with each other and Globe staff. It kicks off with an extended and fascinating essay on what distinguishes song sondyeim from poetry, proceeds chronologically through Sondheim’s writings including lyrics to cut and rewritten songs from the chamber piece Saturday Night it took more than 50 years to see produced through to ‘s Merrily We Roll Along. Jan 07, Schmacko rated it it was amazing. There is another lyric writer, though, to whom he gives finishjng hardest time of all: Along the way Sondheim gives us critical commentary about many of the great lyricists.


Also by Stephen Sondheim. It has to not only make sense, but it has to rhyme. When next it smiles, It smiles for fools. Reading his deconstruction and damnation of the lyric of “The Little Things You Do Together”, the very words we kids so adored in Company back in ’72, is like overhearing a devastating tutorial in hst the tutor and the tutee are the same person. I’m hard pressed to imagine a curmudgeon I’d rather read.

Sondheim provides an account of how and why each musical came to be, problems he encountered, problems he caused, analyses of other composers and lyricists, commentary on theatrical trends, and much more, all of which resulted in my improved understanding of music, musicals, and Mr.

Lyrics are not light verse, either.

This article is about the book. Those crunching noises pervading the air! I heard an interview with Stephen Sondheim on the radio and was so fascinated by it that I had to order this book. Dec 03, Mary Ronan Drew rated it really finisying it. Finest in the shop. Examples of his extreme fussiness abound.

Finishing the Hat

He comments on none who are still living, though — “speaking ill exclusively of the dead seems to me the gentlemanly thing to do,” he writes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Music tends to hammer light verse into monotony or shatter its grace All in all, I’d say this book is best for careful readers who like musical theater.

Yes, I watched an entire filmed stage performance of Company: The poor people around me while I was reading had to endure long anecdotes read to them after I had chuckled to myself. Thank you for your patience.


No, this isn’t fiddle player — it’s piccolo player! The book’s second volume, Look, I Made a Hat: I poked away at this for years, dipping in and out before finally finishing this week. If you like to understand the minds of engaging eccentrics practicing their craft, you’ll find this book amusing even if you ignore the lyrics. Jan 01, John rated it it was amazing. Anyone who can toss off lines as clever as: It is like no other writing on the subject.

Just amazing that Mr. I will only add my own thoughts — which are wordy, because I love the man.

Save a lot of graves, Do a lot of relatives favors! Sondheim only discusses the works and styles of lyricists and composers who have died, for he states that he does not want to personally hurt anyone or ruin their reputation. Well, you never know if it’s going to run!

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Not as hearty as bishop, perhaps, but then again, not as bland as curate, either!

No this isn’t poetry as Sondheim makes clear.