Difficult Music

I’ve spent the weekend running vocal rehearsals for TIP’s upcoming production of Sweeney Todd.  Although I had listened to many different recordings of this musical there are still songs that I’m not overly familiar with.  “The Letter”, sung by the Quintet, is really beautiful and I wish that is was heard more.  And even the songs I know well are difficult because of the discordant harmonies and contrapuntal phrases.

I both love and hate the complexity of the musical.  It is difficult to teach and at times I feel that it is overly precise.  The are places where each bar of music is in a different time signature and I would have preferred if some of this expressive writing could have been left for the performer to interpret.  And then there are the are the places where each part has a different time signature for the same bar… I had never seen that before in a score.

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2 Responses to “Difficult Music”

  1. Norwin Says:

    GOOD GRIEF! That is just impossible! They say there’s a fine line between genius and insanity – looking at that bar, I’d believe it!

  2. karen Says:

    I did joke that I was going to count it in a long 1. It’s really hard to break something into 6 and then 5… will be quite the challenge, and is certainly insane.