Books about

Stephen Sondheim

22 mar 1930 (New York) -

Books about Stephen Sondheim and his music

bookStephen Sondheim and James Lapine Into the Woods
Theatre Communications Group, 1989; ISBN 0930452933; 160 pages Price indication: $ 9.56
bookTed Chapin Everything Was Possible : The Birth of the Musical Follies
Applause Books, 2005; ISBN 1557836531; 336 pages Price indication: $ 12.21
bookSteve Swayne How Sondheim Found His Sound
University of Michigan Press, 2005; ISBN 0472114972; 336 pages Price indication: $ 19.80
bookJoanne Gordon Art Isn't Easy: The Theater of Stephen Sondheim (Quality Paperbacks Series)
Da Capo Press, 1992; ISBN 0306804689; 376 pages
Gordon explicates the works of Sondheim to repudiate the common perception of musical theater as mere escapist entertainment, showing how Sondheim tackles real, complex subjects, without fear of introducing pain, trauma, and difficult ideas onto the Broadway stage. Price indication: $ 13.33
bookMark Eden Horowitz Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions : Minor Details and Major Decisions
Scarecrow Press, 2003; ISBN 0810844370; 416 pages
Sondheim on Music is primarily a transcript of a series of interviews with Stephen Sondheim, focusing on his work as a composer. During the interviews, he and the author look through Sondheim's manuscripts and sketches and discuss the creative process. The discussions focus on six shows: Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures, but every Sondheim score comes up in conversation. Among the topics discussed, are how Sondheim approaches musicalizing characters and dramatic moments, how motifs and thematic material are created and used, how harmony, melody, and rhythm reflect character, the structuring of a score, the use of pastiche, and the practical aspects of collaboration. Price indication: $ 34.96
bookJoanne Gordon Stephen Sondheim : A Casebook (Casebooks on Modern Dramatists)
Garland Publishing, 1999; ISBN 0815335865; 272 pages
Contents General Editor's Note, Kimball King ; Introduction, Joanne Gordon ; Chronology; Broadway Babies: Images of Women in the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim Laura Hanson ; Comedy Tonight!: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lois Kivesto ; Company 25 Years Later John Olson ; Nixon's America and Follies : Reappraising a Musical Theater Classic, James Fisher ; The Last of Sheila : Sondheim as a Master Games-Player, Douglas Braverman ; On Performing Sondheim (A Little Night Music Revisited) , David Craig ; "More Beautiful than True" or "Never Mind the Small Disaster": The Art of Illusion in Pacific Overtures, Leonard Fleischer ; Psychology, Evil and Sweeney Todd or, "Don't I Know You,Mister?" Judith Schlesinger ; Sondheim: The Idealist, Mari Cronin ; "Let the Pupil Show the Master" Stephen Sondheim and Oscar Hammerstein II, Andrew Milner ; Portrait of the Artist: Sunday in the Park with George and "Revolutionary" Musical Drama, Edward T. Bonahue, Jr. ; Assassins and the Concept Musical, Scott Miller ; Passion : Not Just Another Simple Love Story, Gary Konas ; Revisiting Greece: the Sondheim Chorus, Barbara Means Fraser ; Contributors; Index Price indication: $ 32.95
bookMartin Gottfried Sondheim
Harry N Abrams, 2000; ISBN 0810941791; 207 pages Price indication: $ 45.00
bookMERYLE SECREST Stephen Sondheim : A life
Delta, 1999; ISBN 0385334125; 480 pages
Secrest chronicles in full detail Sondheim's ascent to the peaks of the Broadway musical, from his first success as co-lyricist on "West Side Story" to his 20-year collaboration with producer and director Harold Prince. Online feature. Price indication: $ 10.17
bookStephen Citron Sondheim & Lloyd-Webber: The New Musical (The Great Songwriters)
Oxford University Press, 2001; ISBN 0195096010; 464 pages
The New York Times called Stephen Sondheim "the greatest and perhaps best known artist in the American musical theater," while two months earlier, the same paper referred to his contemporary, Andrew Lloyd-Webber as "the most commercially successful composer in history." Whatever their individual achievements might be, it is agreed by most critics that these two colossi have dominated world musical theater for the last quarter century and hold the key to the direction the musical stage will take in the future. Here in the third volume of Stephen Citron's distinguished series The Great Songwriters --in depth studies that illuminated the musical contributions, careers, and lives of Noel Coward and Cole Porter ( Noel & Cole: The Sophisticates ), and Oscar Hammerstein 2nd and Alan Jay Lerner, ( The Wordsmiths )--this eminent musicologist has taken on our two leading contemporary contributors to the lyric stage. His aim has not been to compare or judge one's merits over the other, but to make the reader discover through their works and those of their contemporaries, the changes and path of that glorious artform we call Musical Theater. In his quest, Citron offers unique insight into each artist's working methods, analyzing their scores--including their early works and works-in-progress. As in Citron's previously critically acclaimed books in this series, great significance is given to the impact their youthful training and private lives have had upon their amazing creative output. Beginning with Sondheim's lyrics-only works, West Side Story, Gypsy, Do I Hear A Waltz? through his scores for Saturday Night, Company, Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Pacific Overtures, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday In the Park, Into the Woods, Assassins , and Passion , all these milestones of musical theater have been explored. Lloyd-Webber's musical contribution from his early works, The Likes of Us and Joseph to Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, By Jeeves, The Phantom of the Opera, Song & Dance, Mass, Sunset Boulevard to Whistle Down the Wind are also thoroughly analyzed. The works of these two splendid artists are clarified for the casual or professional reader in context with their contemporaries. Complete with a quadruple chronology (Sondheim, Lloyd-Webber, US Theater, British Theater), copious quotations from their works, and many never before published illustrations, the future of the artform that is the crowning achievement of the 20th century is made eminently clear in this book. Sondheim & Lloyd-Webber is a must-read for anyone interested in the contemporary theater. Price indication: $ 45.00
bookCraig Zadan Sondheim & Company
Da Capo Pr, 1994; ISBN 0306806010; 447 pages
Here is a lavish tribute and a candid look at the career of the much-acclaimed, much-loved Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Includes candid interviews with his colleagues and stars, telling of his trials, false starts and heartbreaks as well as his successes. 150 photos. Price indication: $ 15.43
bookStephen 0 Banfield Sondheim's Broadway Musicals (The Michigan American Music Series)
University of Michigan Press, 1994; ISBN 0472102230; 472 pages Price indication: (used only): from $ 17.99

Sheet music, libretti, etc.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Vocal Score) - Hal Leonard Corporation

A Little Night Music (Applause Musical Library) - Applause Books

All Sondheim, Volume 1 - Warner Brothers Publications

All Sondheim, Volume 2 - Warner Bros Pubns

All Sondheim, Volume 3 (All Sondheim) - Warner Brothers Publications

All Sondheim, Volume 4 - Warner Bros Pubns

Anyone Can Whistle (Vocal Score) - Hal Leonard Corporation

Assassins - Theatre Communications Group

Assassins: Vocal Score - Warner Brothers Publications

Company : A Musical Comedy (Vocal Score) - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Do I Hear a Waltz (Vocal Score) - Hal Leonard Corporation

Favorite Songs from Jim Henson's Muppets - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Follies (Playwrights Canada Press) - Theatre Communications Group

Four by Sondheim (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) - Applause Books

Getting Away With Murder: A Comedy Thriller - Theatre Communications Group

Gypsy - Broadway Revival Edition - Hal Leonard Corporation

Gypsy (Vocal Score)/312188 - Hal Leonard Corporation

Gypsy & Funny Girl (Broadway Double Bill) - Warner Brothers Publications

Gypsy: A Musical - Theatre Communications Group

House of Flowers - Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

Into the Woods (Vocal Score) - Warner Brothers Publications

Pacific Overtures - Theatre Communications Group

Pacific Overtures: Vocal Score - Warner Brothers Publications

Passion: A Musical - Theatre Communications Group

Stephen Sondheim : Film and Television Songs (Vocal Selections) - Warner Bros Pubns

Sunday in the Park With George: Vocal Score - Warner Brothers Publications

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street : A Musical Thriller - Warner Brothers Publications

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