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Passion is--even for Stephen Sondheim--a remarkable musical, a brooding meditation on love and passion that is at once simple and deeply moving. In it, Sondheim, often criticized for being cerebral, proves he can write a show's worth of lush, emotionally honest songs. Moreover, a close reading of Lapine's book reveals how much his work contributes to the show's power. Based on Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola's Passione d'Amore (1981) and its source, the novel Fosca (1869) by I. U. Tarchetti, Lapine's book has a polished singleness of purpose rare in musical theater. The dialogue is spare, and the story--about an army officer torn between two lovers, one pretty but shallow the other plain but deep--advances with breathtaking economy. It must, to make way for the songs. Yet the book does not feel incomplete; read without Sondheim's music, the libretto (Lapine's book and Sondheim's own beautiful lyrics) registers as a fully engaging, if somewhat poetic, work that stands complete in its own right. Jack Helbig --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559360887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559360883
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "jbhapgood2" on January 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
While this book is simply amazing... you should either get thecd to listen to while reading this script or watch the movie tohear/see the fabulous performances and Sondheim's glorious music. This book is still worth buying even if you aren't able to hear the score. This play works in mysterious ways and bring out many passionate feelings in anyone with a heart. It conveys and brings forth emotions from anger to pity with Fosca, love and hate, hapiness and depression... This is a truly beautiful book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Attilla The Honey on September 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Passion is an excellent show. It won the Tony for best musical in 1994.
One of the things that I find most fascinating about this score is the way it flows from song to dialogue and back again. Songs segue into one another without breaking flow or style. There are no set applause points, no big dance numbers, just a moving, touching story told with some of the most beautiful music ever written for the stage.
If you are a Sondheim fan at all, or if you would like to own an achingly beautiful collection of love songs, this is definitely the score for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "romanov123" on September 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just got my copy of the vocal score of Sondheim's "Passion" and I should say it is a Broadway collector's joy to have one of these. The entire book contains all the music, lyrics, and underscores. An average pianist may find it quite difficult to play the music but when played by an expert it makes it sound almost as if you're playing the entire orchestra! Anyone who loves collecting Broadway music definitely wouldn't want to miss owning a copy of this fabulous musical. This goes better together with the script which is also available from Amazon.
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As with all of Sondheim's shows, with the possible exceptions of Follies and Sweeney Todd, the book is very hard to read without some sort of knowledge of the score, because that's what dominates the show. Other than a few scattered spoken passages, PASSION is completely sung-through. My recommendation would be to listen to the original cast recording as you read, so you can better understand the action.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Philippe on February 23, 2013
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It seems this book hab been stolen from the local library! Is it right??? That is very very very strange...
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