Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Letters to the Editor

Magazine article The Sondheim Review

Letters to the Editor

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I do so agree with David Bickman ("The sum of the parts," TSR, Fall 2011) about the availability (or lack of) Sondheim piano selections for the intermediate/ advanced player. My copy of the 1963 Felton Rapley Forum piano selections is now well-thumbed (it even includes the rarities "I Do Like You" and "Love Is in the Air"), and they make a great curtain-raiser to an evening of musical theatre songs.

I wrote to Sondheim on this subject some time ago and reminded him of the early Forum arrangements. He encouraged me to write to the publishers to see if they were interested in a series of piano selections. They advised me that they already had plans in place for a new Sondheim piano album, but if this is the latest simplified piano arrangements that Mr. Bickman describes, then I'm disappointed by the duplication of songs from the 1989 Lee Evans album.

Of course, both albums are somewhat different from the original concept of piano selections - among which I have Bernstein's West Side Story, Candide and Wonderful Town and Styne's Gypsy - as they are complete songs rather than excerpts and are from a series of several shows rather than a single show. …

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