Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Editor's Letter

Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Editor's Letter

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When I became TSR's managing editor in 2004, I was unfamiliar with many of the magazine's regular contributors. One of my first tasks was to introduce myself to them and ask for suggestions for new features. Before long, I heard from Mark Eden Horowitz, senior music specialist at the Library of Congress and author of Sondheim on Music. Mark, who has established a scholarly relationship with Sondheim, offered to write a regular feature called "Biography of a Song," delving deeply into individual works by Sondheim, carefully exploring lyrics and music and putting songs in the context of their shows and subsequent recordings. He mentioned that he might have access to Sondheim's notes and sketches.

I thought it sounded like a great idea. But I was not prepared for the depth of Mark's efforts, which included closely studying materials made available to him by Sondheim. His first "Biography," an explication of "Send in the Clowns" that was published in TSR's Spring 2005 issue, was nearly 5,000 words! Mark apologized for its length and suggested we might publish it in two parts. …

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