Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sondheim!

So, today (March 22), the greatest musical theatre composer that's ever lived, turns 80. Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim! Sondheim's music is just so fascinating to me. His lyrics are so clever and inspired and his genius in being able to work character and emotion into music like no other musical theatre composer. Unlike other composers, he doesn't write the exact same style for every character, it differs depending on the specifics of the person. And his ability to combine lots and lots of separate melodies into rich, musical harmonies is just mindblowing to me. Just completely inspiring.


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!


I was gonna say, "I'm your biggest fan...but that's a pretty risky thing to say in front of you (Dan)". ;)

-you'll never guess

Runs With Scissors said...

It's really too bad he's retired.
Wouldn't it be great if he wrote a new musical???