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Stephen Sondheim: An Unlikely Songwriter for Our Times

Geoffrey Himes, Paste, 29 November 2021

"STEPHEN SONDHEIM is possibly the best lyric writer this country has ever produced," Randy Newman told me in 1996. "Dylan at his best may be better, but Sondheim is at his best more often. Sondheim has always written for adults. He's a great lyricist, technically brilliant, who never condescends to his audience. A play like Passion, which I saw, is an integrated work, like a sonata form, like a movement in a symphony. Things recur. It's like bumping into someone who has a great mind, but he can also do West Side Story."

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