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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199394814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.001.0001

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A Selective Discography

A Selective Discography

(p.168) A Selective Discography
On Sondheim

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a discography of Stephen Sondheim, beginning with his earliest works: Saturday Night (1997), West Side Story (1957), and Gypsy (1959). It cites the Pasadena Playhouse revival of Do I Hear a Waltz? (2001) as one of the mot outstanding Sondheim non-original-cast albums. Moving on to concept-musical territory, the chapter initially considers Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro (1947). This did not sell well, for Allegro was designed to be a staging and not simply a composition. There is a taste of Allegro in Sondheim’s Company (1970), if only in its use of open stage. However, Company: Original Cast Album takes a peek at the recording sessions, providing a glimpse of Sondheim at work. The latter part of the chapter details the discography of Sondheim’s later musicals, from Follies to Road Show, as well as his acting gig in June Moon, and full-length soundtrack score for the film Stavisky. Lastly, there are the discs of Sondheim’s private acetates and demos, entitled Sondheim Sings.

Keywords:   discography, Allegro, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Company, June Moon, Stavisky soundtrack, Sondheim Sings

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