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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon October 17, 2017
The Maestro wrote this erudite book, making it literate, engaging and terribly informative. Even sort-of Sondheim enthusiasts should have this book; for the rest of us it's a must. Predecessor volume: FINISHING THE HAT.
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on May 21, 2017
If you agree with Tom Lehrer that Stephen Sondheim is the best lyricist of the 20th Century (I do but I would remover the temporal limitation), then these two books are an absolute must. It's very interesting to see how Sondheim's lyrics have grown in sophistication from the days of West Side Story to his later works, such as A Little Night Music. The man is a genius, and these two volumes attest to it.
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on July 24, 2016
If you want in-depth insight into Sondheim's writing process, you need this book. If you enjoy Sondheim's shows, you need this book. If you enjoy musical theater and want to know more about it, you need this book. Buy this book. Sondheim details the writing process for his later shows and it is a thrill to read. There are not only pictures of him and the cast, but of his own manuscripts! If only every great artist would put together a book describing their process. But they don't, so take the wonderful opportunity here to learn!
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on September 16, 2015
The ultimate master class in lyric-writing, from the best musical theatre writer of all time. Not only do you get the full librettos for each of Sondheim's brilliant shows, along with revisions, alternate/cut numbers, etc., but brilliant asides by the man himself, including personal observations, recollections and annotations to the lyrics make this set absolutely indispensable for any lover of musical theatre or potential lyricists out there. Not to be missed.
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on December 6, 2016
A real treat for those who enjoy Sondheim's lyrics. A look into the creative process embellished with entertaining show biz stories. The large format of the book provides space for reproductions of the composer/lyricist's notebook pages with corrections and alternative lyrics. Production and rehearsal photos abound, as well as programs.
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on September 3, 2017
Very happy with product and seller!
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on November 28, 2017
Dense. Wonderful.
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on April 26, 2015
I love these two books. They are very thorough and helpful to the writer of music. There's an abundance of examples on tremendous songs and the evaluation of these songs is priceless. I encourage all writers of music to read these two books. This truly explains the art of writing music.
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on June 19, 2015
One of the best books for musical theatre lovers. This book will enhance your experience and appreciation for theatre. After seeing Stephne Sondheim's shows many times, this book will give a whole new perspective and more insight into the process.
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on September 19, 2014
Fascinating look at Sondheim's lyrics and his philosophy about theater and lyric writing -- who his big influences were, etc. If you are a Sondheim fan, or like or write musicals, you'll probably find it very interesting. I think it's relatively difficult to get these two books in a slip jacket -- Vol 1 and Vol 2 did not come out at the same time -- so I'm glad I bought this particular product, with the slipcase.
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