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Finishing the Hat - Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes (Hardcover) Loot Price: R577
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Finishing the Hat - Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes (Hardcover)

Stephen Sondheim

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Stephen Sondheim has won seven Tonys, an Academy Award, seven Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and the Kennedy Center Honors. His career has spanned more than half a century, his lyrics have become synonymous with musical theater and popular culture, and in "Finishing the Hat"--titled after perhaps his most autobiographical song, from "Sunday in the Park with George"--Sondheim has not only collected his lyrics for the first time, he is giving readers a rare personal look into his life as well as his remarkable productions.
Along with the lyrics for all of his musicals from 1954 to 1981--including "West Side Story, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music" and "Sweeney Todd"--Sondheim treats us to never-before-published songs from each show, songs that were cut or discarded before seeing the light of day. He discusses his relationship with his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II, and his collaborations with extraordinary talents such as Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Angela Lansbury, Harold Prince and a panoply of others. 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. Best of all, Sondheim appraises his work and dissects his lyrics, as well as those of others, offering unparalleled insights into songwriting that will be studied by fans and aspiring songwriters for years to come.
Accompanying Sondheim's sparkling writing are behind-the-scenes photographs from each production, along with handwritten music and lyrics from the songwriter's personal collection.
Penetrating and surprising, poignant, funny and sometimes provocative, "Finishing the Hat" is not only an informative look at the art and craft of lyric writing, it is a history of the theater that belongs on the same literary shelf as Moss Hart's "Act One" and Arthur Miller's "Timebends." 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."


Imprint: Random House
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2010
First published: October 2010
Authors: Stephen Sondheim
Dimensions: 282 x 214 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Unsewn / adhesive bound / Cloth over boards / With dust jacket
Pages: 445
ISBN-13: 978-0-679-43907-3
Barcode: 9780679439073
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Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Theatre, drama > Musical theatre
Books > Arts & Architecture > Music > Techniques of music
Books > Music > Techniques of music > General
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LSN: 0-679-43907-2

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