Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes - Stephen Sondheim

“There are only three principles necessary for a lyric writer, all of them familiar truisms,” writes Stephen Sondheim in his preface to FINISHING THE HAT: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes (Knopf, $39.95). He gives you these rules, and much more, in this deluxe book. From Saturday Night to Merrily We Roll Along, Sondheim lays out the lyrics and some dialogue (including the songs that were cut before opening night) and lots of background stories. There are reproductions of lyric sketches and early drafts on a legal pad, and over 200 rehearsal and production photos. The introduction is a short treatise on lyrics (with lots of ground rules and examples). Interspersed are sidebars with Sondheim’s observations on the “Pantheon of Great Lyricists in the English-speaking musical theater.”

 

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$60.00
ISBN: 9780679439073
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Published: Knopf - October 26th, 2010

My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music - Leon Fleisher, Anne Midgette

When he was left unable to use two fingers on his right hand, classical pianist Leon Fleisher’s life took a tragic turn. But during his thirty-year battle to overcome his mysterious physical problem, his love of music led to other outlets: conducting, teaching at the Peabody Institute and at Tanglewood, playing and commissioning pieces for left-hand only. Now with the help of Botox injections in his fingers and other therapies, Fleisher is concertizing once again with two hands. Co-written with Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette, MY NINE LIVES: A Musical Memoir (Doubleday, $26) is an inspiring book, immersing the reader in the classical world of the last five decades, and in the joys of music-making.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780767931373
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Published: Anchor - November 1st, 2011

Frank: The Voice - James Kaplan

Publicist George Evans dubbed Frank Sinatra “The Voice” in 1943, when the singer was attracting crowds of screaming and swooning fans. James Kaplan gets all the show-biz details down in a hard-boiled voice that plunges the reader into Sinatra’s world. FRANK:  The Voice (Doubleday, $29.98) gives the sweep of Sinatra’s approach to songs, from his big-band apprenticeships with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, through the start of his groundbreaking Capitol years with Nelson Riddle. It also tells the stories of the triumphs (accepting his Oscar for From Here to Eternity, where the book ends) and heartbreaks (Ava Gardner) that would resound in his greatest performances.

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780767924238
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Published: Anchor - November 1st, 2011

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