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Sondheim on music : minor details and major decisions

Author: Mark Eden Horowitz; Stephen Sondheim
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press in association with Library of Congress, 2003.
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"Over a three-day period in 1997, Mark Eden Horowitz sat down with Stephen Sondheim in his Turtle Bay home and explored Sondheim's creative process. Beginning with a discussion of his latest work, Passion, and working back in time to Pacific Overtures, this collection of interviews details Sondheim's meticulous work as a composer. Among the topics discussed are Sondheim's approaches to dramatizing with music and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Interviews
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Horowitz, Mark Eden.
Sondheim on music.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press in association with Library of Congress, 2003
(OCoLC)639444753
Named Person: Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim; Stephen Sondheim
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Eden Horowitz; Stephen Sondheim
ISBN: 0810844370 9780810844377
OCLC Number: 50124558
Description: x, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The interviews. Passion --
Assassins --
Into the woods --
Sunday in the park with George --
Interlude --
Sweeney Todd --
Pacific overtures --
Finale --
Songs I wish I'd written (at least in part). Songlisting, discography, and publishing information.
Responsibility: Mark Eden Horowitz.

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This volume is primarily a transcript of a series of interviews with Stephen Sondheim, focusing on his work as a composer. During the interviews, he and the author look through Sondheim's manuscripts  Read more...

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