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A little night music original Broadway cast recording
Sondheim, Stephen.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Columbia Broadway Masterworks, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (69 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Book by Hugh Wheeler, suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman.

Originally released Apr. 1973 as KS 32265; track 11 previously unreleased.

Compact disc.

Program notes and synopsis by Didier C. Deutsch (15 p. : ill.) inserted in container.
Overture ; and, Night waltz -- Now/Later/Soon -- The glamorous life -- Remember? -- You must meet my wife -- Liaisons -- In praise of women -- Every day a little death -- A weekend in the country -- Night waltz I : The sun won't set -- Night waltz II : The sun sits low -- It would have been wonderful -- Perpetual anticipation -- Send in the clowns -- The miller's son -- Finale -- The glamorous life.
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Added Title:
Night waltz.

Now, later, soon.

The glamorous life.


You must meet my wife.


In praise of women.

Every day a little death.

A weekend in the country.

The sun won't set.

The sun sits low.

It would have been wonderful.

Perpetual anticipation.

Send in the clowns.

The miller's son.
Format :
Music CD


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MUSICAL .S698 LIT Compact Disc Central Library

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One of Stephen Sondheim's better-known works, A Little Night Music is inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night. The story follows the intertwining of several imperfect relationships, leading to a satisfying resolution (as a romantic comedy should). Sondheim's score is sublimely evocative, invoking the mysticism of an early evening full of promise (perfectly described by a song from the second act, "Perpetual Anticipation"). Typically cerebral, the soundtrack is highlighted by the now-standard "Send in the Clowns," one of Sondheim's greatest contributions to the world of musical theater, at once bittersweet and enchanting. Also included on this CD recording is a bonus track of a misguided reworking of the song "The Glamorous Life" (not the Sheila E. hit from the 1980s) from the movie version of A Little Night Music, which is unfortunate because the original (available on this recording) is so charming. ~ Sarah Erlewine