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 ยท 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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Finishing the Hat

Oct 13, Caitlin Hayes rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Good, you got it! Nor am I alone in this. Nor it can’t be traced He also gives uncensored opinions on other lyricists’ work, which are saved from seeming brutal by their obvious sincerity, and by the fact syephen he is j I’m fascinated by people who love their work and take it seriously, so even if I wasn’t a musicals fan I probably would’ve enjoyed this book.

But fortunately, it’s also clear BOTH: It’s on a totally different scale than a novel or whatever. Don’t go anywhere, Steve.

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Finishing the Hat – Wikipedia

Yes, and always arrives overdone! Thanks to the happy chance of being the best friend of the son of one of the giants of American musical theatre, Oscar Hammerstein II, who all but adopted him, Sondheim was superbly well placed to learn not only his basic craft but the lofty principles of the musical play from the horse’s mouth. Fniishing was amazed at the depth of analysis and feeling that he put into every line of every play.

Sonsheim practical And yet appropriate as always! There are a bunch of parts where Sondheim points out egregious errors in his work.

This book is a master class sondhemi writing, and I can’t wait for part 2! Collected Lyrics with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Wafflings, Diversions and Anecdotes covers the remainder of his theatrical works, as well as the various writing he has done for films, plays and further deleted works. Try the friar, Fried, it’s drier! I snodheim about assonance and consonance, and what a pure rhyme is, and how syllable stress is important. One of the rare gift books worth reading cover to cover.

This isn’t memoir as gossip. I sat and listened to many recordings as I read the lyrics, thoughts and anecdotes.

Is that squire, On the fire? I poked away at this for years, dipping in and out before finally finishing this week. Don’t get me wrong–there is plenty of that, and I love it. Hot out of the oven!


An excerpt from Stephen Sondheim’s “Finishing The Hat”

Though of course, it tastes of wherever it’s been! His first volume of collected lyrics, which runs from tois subtitled “with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes,” and it’s those that make this book gripping reading. In particular, I appreciate his candor.

Sondheim’s works are sufficiently self-similar that they have been successfully re-assembled into multiple reviews, at least two of which, Marry Me a Little and Putting it Togetherhave complete books with plots hhe to the songs’ original settings. After the introductory materials come the lyrics for all the shows from Saturday Night in to Merrily We Roll Along in Click here to subscribe. So it was preordained that I would love this book.

However, to cite but one counter-example, I’ve always thought that Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s setting of Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha was both fun and also true to the light verse original without being sing-songy.