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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This book accomplishes that, plus has me singing some of my favorite songs with correct words! The sculptor had done a painstaking job with the lady’s coiffure, and yet he must have been pretty sure that the only eyes that would ever see this detail would be the uncritical eyes of finishinh. When I was a freshman in my rural Iowa high school, I took vocal lessons with a local college instructor, Hollis Dobref, who later went on to work with Jason Gat to develop up-and-coming jazz artists at The School for Music Vocations.

Return to Book Page. For me, the lyrical tic most evident from reading this collection is Sondheim’s constant contrast of “life” as an emblem of love, meaning, and fulfillment with its opposite a time-honored operatic tradition in the context of eros, as brilliantly documented by Peter Conrad ‘s A Song of Love and Death: Finest in sondjeim shop.


Finishing the Hat

I was scared, closeted, and sill primarily addicted to plays. I was amazed at the detail there. Sondheim introduces each show, includes the lyrics to songs that were cut, and explains the dynamics between him and the producer, director, writer of the book, choreographer, and composer if he was writing only the lyrics, as in There is nobody like Sondheim.

It’s on a totally different scale than a novel or whatever. That is forever mysterious as genius will always be.

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

If you are in the business of music or musical theater this is a must buy. It’s an entertaining and educational read, as well as being an attractive “coffee table book. View all 3 comments. In particular, I appreciate his candor.

Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim | : Books

Open this photo in gallery: To view it, click here. Sondheim only discusses the works and styles of lyricists and composers who have died, for he states that he does not want to personally hurt anyone or ruin their reputation.

It is also a book that will leave you humming the final bars of Merrily We Roll Along, while eagerly anticipating the next volume, which begins with the opening lines of Sunday in the Park with George. Must admit that I largely skip the sections on musicals I have not seen — finishinng more fun when you can sing along in your head This page was last edited on 8 Mayat So it was preordained that I would love this book.


He reprints the lyrics and offers side remarks as to what was going on at the times these shows were composed. He claims to believe that the musical theatre sondhwim now, finally, in its death throes, but nothing in his practice reflects this.

One of the rare gift books worth reading cover to cover.

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – review

If you love musicals it will be a fun if kind of geeky read. The anecdotes—filled with history, pointed observations and intimate details—transport us back to a time when theater was a major pillar of American culture.

He is as smart, reflective and analytical as he is talented. Seems an awful waste Lovely bit of clerk. But in Brooklyn, it’s a minor Misdemeanor.

Early on he says that to him teaching is a sacred profession: Light verse doesn’t demand music because it supplies its own. Well, you never know if it’s going to run! Included are a brief preface in which Sondheim outlines his “mantra” for lyric writing, a general introduction, and a short essay on rhyme. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter.

Because tinishing does he have to work with constraints. Mercy no, sir, look closer, Sondehim notice it’s grocer!