Stephen Sondheim and Musical Characterization Open Access

Lipman, Rebecca Anne (2012)

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Stephen Sondheim and Musical Characterization
Rebecca Lipman
Stephen Sondheim inherited the legacy of the American musical theater tradition from his
predecessors and mentors, Oscar Hammerstein II, Bert Shevelove, Milton Babbit, Nadia Boulanger,
Leonard Bernstein, and Hal Prince. In his shows, Sondheim takes every dimension of musical
construction to a high level of complexity and sophistication. The tempo, key signature, time signature,
rhythm, and dynamic markings all change frequently and interplay with each other and with the lyrics to
create deeply layered complex characters and interactive relationships between characters. The actors
are significantly informed of this complexity and who their characters are by these musical elements.

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Introduction ................................................................................................................................................. 1


Chapter 1 - Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical Theater Tradition .......................................... 4


Chapter 2 - MUSICAL & DRAMATIC ANALYSIS: Selected Songs From Company, Follies and Into
The Woods ..................................................................................................................................... 16


CONCLUSION ......................................................................................................................................... 50

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