Hal Leonard Releases "Sondheim for Singers" Songbook Series, Including Author's Notes from Stephen Sondheim

By Michael Gioia
29 Jan 2014

Music print publisher Hal Leonard Corporation has released a new songbook series entitled "Sondheim for Singers," featuring the songs of Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.



The five volumes of the series present 128 songs from 26 shows or films. There is a different contents list for each volume: Soprano, Belter/Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone/Bass and Duets.

According to press notes, "Songs appear in original keys, categorized by voice type. (The Duets volume is all original keys.) There are also appropriate and practical transpositions of Sondheim standards, almost all of which appear in print for the first time. This deep and generous selection, from this amazing body of work, includes the most famous Sondheim songs as well as rarities."

Highlights include the original duet version of "Take Me to the World" and new solo editions of "Old Friends," "Getting Married Today," "I've Got You to Lean On," "More" and "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid." Barbara Cook's keys from the 1985 Follies in Concert for "Losing My Mind" and "In Buddy's Eyes" appear in print for the first time in the Soprano volume.

Sondheim's "Author's Notes" (about songs cut from shows) are included, and editor Richard Walters has included extensive introductory material, with historical and plot information about each song and show.

The music books can be purchased at any music retailer or at HalLeonard.com. For other theatrical merchandise, visit the Playbill Store.