Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

Sondheim, Stephen [Joshua] (b. 1930), composer and lyricist. The most daring and often demanding theatre songwriter of his era, he was born in New York and given his pre-college education at the George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. There he met James Hammerstein and befriended his father, Oscar Hammerstein II, who became a sort of mentor to Sondheim. After majoring in music at Williams College, Sondheim continued his studies with Milton Babbitt. His first score (music and lyrics) was written for Saturday Night, a Broadway‐bound musical... more