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  • Author:
    Meryle Secrest
  • ISBN:
    0679448179
  • ISBN13:
    978-0679448174
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    Knopf; 1st edition (June 9, 1998)
  • Pages:
    461 pages
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    Arts & Literature
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Secrest’s book on Sondheim is so fascinating that anyone can enjoy it. -Minneapolis Star Tribune A must-read for anyone interested in the musical theater.

Secrest’s book on Sondheim is so fascinating that anyone can enjoy it. In Stephen Sondheim: A Life, Meryle Secrest sheds some light on the complex sensibility that grew out of a golden yet emotionally ragged childhood.

Stephen Sondheim: A Life Paperback – June 8, 1999

Stephen Sondheim: A Life Paperback – June 8, 1999. by. Meryle Secrest (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. full-scale life of the most important composer-lyricist at work in musical theatre today, Meryle Secrest, the biographer of Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonard Bernstein, draws on her extended conversations with Stephen Sondheim as well as on her interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers to bring us not only the artist-as a master of modernist compositional style-but also.

Stephen Sondheim book. I remember that day because my family and I had g "Stephen Sondheim: A Life" by Meryle Secrest, a biography of one of my heroes. At the end of her Acknowledgements, Secrest writes, "Finally, I must thank my husband, Thomas Beveridge, who has endured a steady diet of Sondheim for breakfast, lunch, and dinner these past four years with hardly a murmur of protest.

Drawing on personal conversations with Sondheim himself, as well as interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers, Secrest offers new insight into the enigmatic and very private Stephen Sondheim. Here, we learn about his childhood on New York’s Upper West Side, his parents’ devastating divorce, and his ascent to the peaks of the Broadway musical. Secrest vividly recreates the energy, passion, and despair that went into each beloved show, from Sondheim’s fabled collaboration with Hal Prince on Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music, to his disagreements with co-lyricist Leonard.

Secrest has had the great advantage of cooperation from her subject. STEPHEN SONDHEIM: A Life. Get weekly book recommendations

Secrest has had the great advantage of cooperation from her subject. Yet Sondheim remains a somewhat emotionally distant figure, not surprising since his guardedness seems to be one of his most prominent traits. Regrettably, although there is much material here to fascinate both Sondheim addicts and theater fans, Secrest fails to organize it coherently.

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The first and only full-scale and definitive biography of the most important composer-lyricist in musical theater today. The Chicago Daily Tribune declared, "The saga is exciting and Mr. Jaffe has told it with distinction.

Stephen Sondheim: A Life (Paperback). Paperback 480 Pages, Published: 19/08/1999.

Stephen Sondheim: a life. Meryle Secrest was born and educated in Bath, England. She has written biographies of Romaine Brooks, Bernard Berenson, Kenneth Clark, Salvador Dalí, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Leonard Bernstein. Much has been written about Sondheim as the foremost theater composer of the latter 20th century, with works ranging from West Side Story to Sunday in the Park with George. Secrest (Leonard Bernstein. An Institutionalized Child.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. In the first full-scale life of the most important composer-lyricist at work in musical theatre today, Meryle Secrest, the biographer of Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonard Bernstein, draws on her extended conversatio. In the first full-scale life of the most important composer-lyricist at work in musical theatre today, Meryle Secrest, the biographer of Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonard Bernstein, draws on her extended conversations with Stephen Sondheim as well as on her interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers to bring us not only the artist-as a master of modernist compositional style-but also the private man. Beginning with his early childhood on New York's prosperous Upper West Side, Secrest describes how Sondheim was taught to play the pi. .

In the first full-scale life of the most important composer-lyricist at work in musical theatre today, Meryle Secrest, the biographer of Frank Lloyd Wright and Leonard Bernstein, draws on her extended conversations with Stephen Sondheim as well as on her interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers to bring us not only the artist--as a master of modernist compositional style--but also the private man. Beginning with his early childhood on New York's prosperous Upper West Side, Secrest describes how Sondheim was taught to play the piano by his father, a successful dress manufacturer and amateur musician. She writes about Sondheim's early ambition to become a concert pianist, about the effect on him of his parents' divorce when he was ten, about his years in military and private schools. She writes about his feelings of loneliness and abandonment, about the refuge he found in the home of Oscar and Dorothy Hammerstein, and his determination to become just like Oscar.Secrest describes the years when Sondheim was struggling to gain a foothold in the theatre, his attempts at scriptwriting (in his early twenties in Rome on the set of Beat the Devil with Bogart and Huston, and later in Hollywood as a co-writer with George Oppenheimer for the TV series Topper), living the Hollywood life.Here is Sondheim's ascent to the peaks of the Broadway musical, from his chance meeting with play-wright Arthur Laurents, which led to his first success--as co-lyricist with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story--to his collaboration with Laurents on Gypsy, to his first full Broadway score, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. And Secrest writes about his first big success as composer, lyricist, writer in the 1960s with Company, an innovative and sophisticated musical that examined marriage à la mode. It was the start of an almost-twenty-year collaboration with producer and director Hal Prince that resulted in such shows as Follies, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music.We see Sondheim at work with composers, producers, directors, co-writers, actors, the greats of his time and ours, among them Leonard Bernstein, Ethel Merman, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Robbins, Zero Mostel, Bernadette Peters, and Lee Remick (with whom it was said he was in love, and she with him), as Secrest vividly re-creates the energy, the passion, the despair, the excitement, the genius, that went into the making of show after Sondheim show.A biography that is sure to become the standard work on Sondheim's life and art.

Molotok
Great writing, fascinating life, well researched, a very enjoyable biography. I’m about half way through and I’m slowing down so I can savor it. When you come across a great biography writer, it’s such a pleasure. This author really delivers.
Lamranilv
This is one of the most interesting bios I’ve ever read. Sondheim’s musical gifts and how they changed the world are depicted beautifully by this author. I never wanted it to end.
Chilldweller
Very interesting reading. I've read several books so far on Sondheim..one of which was on th making of Follies. I think this author took liberty with a heavy hand and repeated what the author wrote in the section of the book that discussed Follies. Other than that, I thought it was a very inciteful biography.
Burgas
enjoyed all the background information in the beginning of the book that was about his childhood ad how he was molded into who he is today. The end wasn't as good because it became an overview of the shows he had written rather than about his life, but the first half to two-thirds was excellent coverage of him growing up and seeing where he found success and challenge.
Jeb
I am a huge fan of Mr. Sondheim and his work. I had the privilege of seeing the original Company in 1971 and a revival in 2007. I have also seen a Little Night Music on Broadway and loved Sweeney Todd. He is a true genius who had a rather sad time of it with an unloving mother. The book is very well done and I will be starting his two "Hat" books which I own,very soon.
MilsoN
I would have liked to know this was a reissue. However, having missed it the first time around, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not gossipy, but intimate and thorough about his early life and work. A "must read" for any Sondheim fan.
Huston
I have read the biographies by Secrest of Richard Rodgers and Leonard Bernstein, and Secrest's portrait of Stephen Sondheim is a MUST for any serious student of American Musical Theatre. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
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