Stephen Sondheim: Finishing the Hat; and Mark Eden Horowitz: Sondheim on Music

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May 2011, no. 331

Stephen Sondheim: Finishing the Hat; and Mark Eden Horowitz: Sondheim on Music

Reviewed by
May 2011, no. 331

Backstage promenade with Stephen Sondheim

Michael Morley

 

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954–1981), with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes
by Stephen Sondheim
Virgin Books, $69.95 hb, 472 pp, 9780753522585

 

Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions, Second Edition
by Mark Eden Horowitz
Scarecrow Press, £31.95 hb, 568 pp, 9780810874367

 

Given Stephen Sondheim’s well-known fondness for verbal games and puzzles (as a diversion from his day job, he has devised crossword puzzles for the New York Times), it seems appropriate to begin this review with a short quiz based on some of the ‘attendant comments and grudges’ referred to in the subtitle of, and dotted throughout, Finishing the Hat. Match the author’s critical judgements to the selected lyricists listed below:

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