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Music: Primary Sources: Sondheim, Stephen 1930-

Sondheim: A little night music


Sondheim, Stephen. 1974. A Little Night Music a new musical starring Glynis Johns Len Cariou Hermione Gingold... music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim book by Hugh Wheeler suggested by a film of Ingmar Bergman choreography by Patricia Birch. New York: Revelation Music Publishing/ Beautiful Music.

Call no. :Music 782.14 S61 l7

Folio. Original publisher's blue printed wrappers.

First Edition of the complete work. Piano-vocal score.

"Often referred to as a 'waltz musical' because it exploits meters in multiples of threes, the musical vocabulary for A Little Night Music moves far beyond waltzes to suggest other metric emphases. Regardless of its meters, it remains one of Sondheim’s most elegant scores, often evocative of operetta, and it produced his only commercially successful song, 'Send in the Clowns.'" Jim Lovensheimer in Grove Music Online.


Further reading: A Little Night Music (The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide)  

                            Stephen S. (HKU Libraries Collections)

Sondheim: John/Louise


Sondheim, Stephen.John/Louise Main Theme 1st Version and International (Factory Sequence). Dye-line copies of autograph musical manuscripts of two unpublished numbers from the film Reds, directed by Warren Beatty and starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.  

Call no.: Music 781.542 S69 r3 

"John/Louise" Folio. 4 pp. Notated in short score on 4 staves per system, 3 systems per page.

"International (Factory Sequence)" Folio. 8 pp. Melodic line only, with indications for bass drum and percussion and instruction for orchestra at bar 41.

Pages of both numbers uncut and joianed in concertina format.

"The most respected and awarded living composer-lyricist in the American musical theater, Sondheim has co-created a number of works... that have become classics... Long regarded as one of the most skilled lyricists ever to write for the stage, Sondheim, by the end of the 20th century, also achieved recognition as a composer of immense talent and originality." Jim Lovensheimer in Grove online

Beatty commissioned Sondheim, along with David Grushin, to compose the soundtrack for the film, which included the numbers "Goodbye for Now" and the "Marriage Proposal."

Further reading: Reds (The Stephen Sondheim Reference Guide)