Stephen sondheim is a highly successful american composer and lyricist you can assess your understanding of his life and work with this. In a full and frank interview, jeremy isaacs talks to american composer and lyricist stephen sondheim under discussion are his life, his views and his work, which includes west side story, follies and sweeney todd. Stephen sondheim has a deep understanding of how harmonic structure, rhythm, and lyrics all work together to communicate both simple and complex aspects of character and human nature.
As a person, stephen sondheim is a very funny, very dry and very shy man i've never witnessed any diva-ish moments, he just always seems so thrilled people are doing his work. This article will introduce you to the life and work of stephen sondheim learn about this american composer and lyricist, one of the most important figures in the history of broadway musicals. Benedict will wrap up his eight-year tenure at variety later this week to work full-time on the book, “how did it happen: the life and career of stephen sondheim” the life and career of.
Sondheim's work as a composer-lyricist over the past four decades has set the standard for modern american musical theater he has won a record seven tony awards for his songwriting, and received a pulitzer prize for sunday in the park with george. Passion is arguably stephen sondheim's most emotional work, coming during a period of his life when, he wrote somewhere, that he was falling fully in love for the first time. Stephen sondheim: a life, a major biography by meryle secrest, is published march 12-14, 1999 concert performances of sweeney todd are presented in los angeles to commemorate its twentieth anniversary.
For a more intellectual reading of sondheim's solo work, check out joanne gordon's art isn't easy: the achievement of stephen sondheim, which has just been updated to go through assassins there's also sondheim's broadway musicals by stephen banfield, which is the most in depth book in terms of sondheim's craft. The works of sondheim this is a timeline of most of the theatrical works sondheim took part in the many reproductions and musicals that were scrapped are not included in this timeline. Stephen sondheim’s work has profoundly influenced the course of american musical theatre since his first work as a lyricist on gypsy and west side story and later, additionally as a composer of a funny thing happened on the way to the forum, company, sweeney todd, and many more. Stephen sondheim thought his father had married his mother for practical reasons i think--this is my opinion--that it was a bargain i think my mother was in love with my father, and he was not in love with her, but needed a designer.
Sondheim on sondheim is a musical revue consisting of music and lyrics written by stephen sondheim for his many shows it is conceived and directed by james lapinethe revue had a limited run on broadway in 2010. Besides tracing sondheim’s career secrest places his work in a theatrical context, discusses the operatic nature of the musicals, explains how his childhood shaped his music, and provides her. Stephen sondheim, in full stephen joshua sondheim, (born march 22, 1930, new york city, new york, us), american composer and lyricist whose brilliance in matching words and music in dramatic situations broke new ground for broadway musical theatre. Sondheim: the birthday concert (144) imdb 85 115 min nr subtitles and closed captions join us for a rousing celebration of the life and work of one of broadway's greatest legends - the one and only stephen sondheim. The biographer traces the musical influences on sondheim's work and also shows how his life influenced his art it seemed, secrest writes, his ability to create a world of his own imaginings had saved him when life was at its bleakest.
The tapestry of creativity that characterizes stephen sondheim remained largely undiscussed, especially by the man himself, until the creation of sondheim on sondheim through the use of exclusive interview footage, audiences will get an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of the famed composer. A guide to the work of stephen sondheim, including production information, publications, recordings, a complete song listing and more. Stephen sondheim: his early life sondheim’s childhood was not a happy one, when he was ten his father abandoned him and his mother projected her anger at this upon stephen she used to beat him and treat him like dirt and wrote a letter to him saying that her one regret was giving birth. The stephen sondheim society was established in 1993 to provide information about his work, with its sondheim - the magazine provided to its membership the society maintains a database, organizes productions, meetings, outings and other events and assists with publicity.
Stephen sondheim is arguably one of the best ever composers in the field of musical theatre and certainly the best of his generation young stephen battled domestic instability and a tough relationship with his mother to emerge as a child prodigy, as he started learning piano at the age of seven and wrote his first musical when he was fifteen. Stephen sondheim redefined the broadway musical form with his creative and award winning productions he continues to be a major force in the shaping of the musical theater stephen sondheim was born on march 22, 1930, to upper-middle-class parents, herbert and janet sondheim his father was a dress. Stephen sondheim the following list could be a maelstrom, considering the subjectivity of the category indeed, choosing my ten favorite sondheim songs is an absurdly sophie's choice task. W hen stephen sondheim was in his 30s, he would get approached, occasionally, by out-of-town theatre companies, struggling with a production he was the hot new thing, the lyricist of west side.
Stephen joshua sondheim was born in new york city his father, herbert sondheim, was a successful dress manufacturer, his mother, janet fox, a fashion designer. The life and work of composer and lyricist stephen sondheim is examined in six by sondheim, a documentary from james lapine, who also directed several of sondheim's shows jerry jackson/hbo. Oh, the glory of stephen sondheim the lyricist-composer, who turned 80 this year, is all over broadway: the revivals of the 1957 west side story and the 1973 a little night music , plus the retrospective-cum-autobiography sondheim on sondheim. Sondheim has finally allowed a measure of contentment to come into his private life, but secrest seems reluctant to make the obvious conclusion: that his recent work has lost some of his usual irony and complexity.