To really enjoy his book you have o have "three ingredients 1 you need o be a rabid Stephen Sondheim fan or at least have HUGE knowledge "ingredients 1 you need o be a rabid Stephen Sondheim fan or at have a HUGE knowledge his work 2 You have o have master s level degrees in music composition heatre and movie critiue 3 Finally you have o love in depth and detailed works written by great experts for he edification of other great experts Put aside your heart because Snow Flower and the Secret Fan this is Broadway musical history runhrough a careful and cold dissection poked and prodded o death replete with anatomical drawingsI do love Sondheim He s he Broadway composer who started out as a lyricist for Gypsy and West Side Story He went
On To Write Someto write some he greatest most complex musicals Broadway has ever seen including A Funny Thing Happened on he Way o he Forum Company A Little Might Music Follies Pacific Overtures Sweeney Todd Merrily We Roll Along Sunday in he Park with George Into he Woods Passion and Assassins Sondheim s musical composition is often intricate he regularly suffers Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis the strange complainthat his songs aren The Song of Homana (Chroniles of the Cheysuli, t hummable Hisunes are integral o he plot making Starstruck them virtually impossibleo be pulled out and Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology turned into pop songs Often songs are sung dialogue replete with carefully constructed and clever rhymes and witty sayings Hisechnical ability has people accusing Sondheim of writing shows The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do that areoo complicated and emotionally cold And yet over 60 years in The Replacement theheatre has proven Public School Superhero that he is a creative forceo. “Steve Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound is a fascinating Gok's Wok treatment and remarkable analysis of America’s greatest playwright in song His marvelousext goes a long way oward placing Stephen Sondheim among he Journey's End towering artists ofhe late wentieth century” Cornel West Princeton University “Sondheim’s career and music have never been so skillfully dissected examined and put in context With its focus on his work as composer his book is surprising and welcome” Theodore S Chapin President and Executive Director The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization “ an intriguing ‘biography’ of Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape the songwriter’s style Swayne iso be congratulated for Why Aren't They Shouting?: A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis takinghe study of his uniue composerlyricist into hitherto unnavigated waters” Stage Directions “The research is. ,
Be reckoned with Sondheim is he man who successfully stirs hearts and "Uncorks The Emotions Of "the emotions of intellectualsThe echnical side is all present in Steve Swayne s book And since Sondheim does inspire such rabid intellectual debate perhaps Swayne was writing with he hought in mind hat he d have La Philosophie Du Bon-Sens, Ou R�flexions Philosophiques Sur l'Incertitude Des Connaissances Humaines, Vol. 1: A l'Usage Des Cavaliers Et Du Beau-Sexe (Classic Reprint) to answero Sondheim s nitpicky fans This is a
book for experts by an expert It s accurate and horoughly researched But as entertainment it s also afor experts by an expert It s accurate and horoughly researched But as entertainment it s also a gray lifeless readPerhaps it s because I only have one college level class of music composition so I found he detailed descriptions of musical keys and chords iring after 20 pages I kept having o look up he classical music Branded that Swayne referso and I often still didn No One Wants You: A True Story Of A Child Forced Into Prostitution t uite gethe point after listening Letters from My Windmill to it I would google Swayne s referenceso plays and movies I hadn Make Your Mind Up: My Guide to Finding Your Own Style, Life, and Motavation! t seen about half ofhe ones mentionedFrom Stay with Me the pages and pages of dissertation level language we canell Swayne has done his research But really at My Wife's Success - A Sissy Cuck Tale the corehe author s basic premise Reiki And The Seven Chakras: Your Essential Guide to the First Level tohe average reader is uite simple Sondheim is a product of what he was exposed o He s very learned WASP born and bred and IVY League educated with personal 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 puzzles and games informs all of his works Sondheim writes o specific style as with Sweeney. Voluminous as are he artistry and perceptiveness Swayne has lived richly within he world of Sondheim’s music” Richard Crawford author of America’s Musical Life A History “Amid he 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 he Sondheim aficionados here are new ideas and new information and for others Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound will provide an intriguing introduction into he mind of arguably he greatest and most influential living Broadway composer” alkinbroadwaycom “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 he composer and lovers of Broadw.