10 Mar 2010

Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 10 March 2010
Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim Photo: Public Domain

 

With the increasing acceptance of Sondheim as a seminal figure in the development of the arts of music and theatre in America over the last 60 years, his career has been well documented.

Yet many people still know him primarily as the lyricist who joined with composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins to create West Side Story. In fact Sondheim was only 25 when he became part of the ‘West Side’ team. It was his Broadway breakthrough, the thing for which he may be most famous in the mind of the public, and ironically the one work he says he would re-write if he could.

But from 1970 to 1979 Sondheim produced five consecutive Broadway musicals that re-defined not only the genre of ‘musical theatre’, but influenced playwrights, composers, poets, directors, producers, designers, indeed anyone who uses words, music or the medium of theatre to express themselves.

Music Details:

SONDHEIM: A Little Night Music, from A Little Night Music – 1995 Royal National Theatre (Tring 001)

SONDHEIM: Being Alive, from Company (Masterworks Broadway/ Legacy 94255)

SONDHEIM: Happily Ever After, from Company (Masterworks Broadway/ Legacy 94255)

SONDHEIM: Broadway Baby, from Follies (Masterworks Broadway/ Legacy 94255)

SONDHEIM: Losing my Mind, from Follies (Masterworks Broadway/ Legacy 94255)

SONDHEIM: Can that Boy Foxtrot, from Follies (Masterworks Broadway/ Legacy 94255)

SONDHEIM: Liaisons, from A Little Night Music (Masterworks Broadway/ Legacy 94255)

SONDHEIM: Send in the Clowns, from A Little Night Music – 1995 Royal National Theatre (Tring 001)

SONDHEIM: Later, from A Little Night Music – 1995 Royal National Theatre (Tring 001)

SONDHEIM: Someone in a Tree, from Pacific Overtures (RCA RCD 1 4407)

SONDHEIM: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Nonesuch 79946)

SONDHEIM: The Worst Pies in London from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (RCA 3379)

SONDHEIM: Epiphany, from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Nonesuch 79946)

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