Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors. His career. Written By Stephen Sondheim. Cover By. Finishing the Hat (From “Sunday in the Park with George”) by Josh Groban · Finishing the Hat by Kelli O’Hara. “A printed collection [of lyrics],” says Stephen Sondheim at the beginning of Finishing the Hat, “is a dubious proposition.” Indeed: like making a.

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May 18, Linda Crowder rated it liked it. Neither this work nor its anticipated sequel Look, I Made a Hat would have been written had not dtephen publisher goaded him into it. Nov 07, willaful rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I loved that you had to listen to the music several times to understand the structure.

But despite his brilliant facility, nothing is ever easy, because on each new show he has set himself a specific challenge — a challenge that always finally resolves itself as technical: It’s like taking a master class with stephenn of the great lyricists of all time. I remember leaves Green as spearmint Crisp as paper I remember trees Bare as coat racks Spread like broken umbrellas I went to our small high school library — I graduated in a class of less than a hundred — but found almost nothing on Sondheim.

No this isn’t poetry as Sondheim makes clear.


Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – review

The book starts off bracingly, with a statement of the three principles of lyric writing Content Dictates Form, Less is More and God is in the Details and a brisk outline of the ground rules, in the sixth of which we learn that “Oscar Hammerstein II is not my idol”. Every reader absorbs a poem at his own pace, inflecting it with his own rhythms, stresses, and tone. Lovett, and desperate measures are called for! When now it smiles, It smiles for lovers. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter.

Jan 07, Schmacko rated it it was amazing. One of America’s best writers, writing about his craft? Do I Hear a Waltz? I’m not a big Broadway musical guy, but even I can appreciate the genius of Stephen Sondheim, who is one of the great lyricists of the art form. Then again there’s sweep If you want it cheap And you like it dark! I secretly hope he’s got another show in him before he leaves this earth.

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – review | Stage | The Guardian

Then blow on it first! We hope to have this fixed soon. Preview — Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim.

Well, you never know if it’s going to run! And so what’s wrong with a bit of style? If that’s true and it isI would add that for the same reason the first fhe of any song is the most important line in it, which in turn means that the first line of the opening number is crucial to an audience’s acceptance of everything which follows.


An excerpt from Stephen Sondheim’s “Finishing The Hat” – The Globe and Mail

It’s easy to follow along the amazingly familiar, like “Send in the Clowns,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” and the entire score of West Side Story, but for other shows the lyrics didn’t really sink in with me. Unless the object of the singer’s affection is a vampire, surely he meant ‘unphotogenic.

Try the friar, Fried, it’s drier! For what’s the sound of the world out there?

An excerpt from Stephen Sondheim’s “Finishing The Hat”

I mean, yeah, I don’t know how else to rate this. In addition to collecting lyrics from thirteen different shows, Finishing the Hat is full of great examples that illustrate his principles from various writers including Dorothy Parkeras well as constructively critical assessments of his professional predecessors Oscar Hammerstein, Noel Coward, Alan Jay Lerner, Ira Gershwin, Frank Loesser, et al.

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