The Top 10 Songs by Stephen Sondheim

By Ben Rimalower
28 Sep 2013

6. "Another Hundred People"



Company is a musical about life in the big city, and "Another Hundred People" captures that experience vividly. The lyrics make it something of a patter song as they rush, scrambling to extol the myriad social experiences that fly by in metropolitan life, repeatedly accentuating the overwhelming quantity of it all in the titular phrase "another hundred people." Then, as the instrumental accompaniment (be it orchestral or only piano) rushes on, the chorus-ish section of the lyrics slow down for a brief, breathless repose, a glimmer of the serenity, the much needed sleep you may finally find in Manhattan after all the bars are closed and even the drunks on the street have stumbled off to crash somewhere. Only Sondheim could write a song both so busy and beautiful. 


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