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re: A contradiction in Sondheim's sense of rhyme and reason?
Posted by: Singapore/Fling 08:22 pm EDT 08/12/22
In reply to: Sondheim's sense of rhyme and reason - WaymanWong 08:09 pm EDT 08/12/22

I’d chalk it up to the excellent standards of the Swedish education system. I think in Night Music, there is also the understanding that they are singing in their native language, whereas in WSS, Sondheim perceived Maria is singing in English.

I didn’t tend to agree with him about this criticism until the recent film, which went to great strides to separate Spanish from English; in that context, the song felt too cute by half when sung in English.

It’s also possible that we’re witnessing Sondheim’s own bias in terms of what he expects of a Puerto Rican immigrant versus a Scandinavian domestic.
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