re: The joy of a first listen -- and comparing his gifts to Hart, Porter, Sondheim, Lerner...
Posted by: Chromolume 11:45 pm EDT 04/17/24
In reply to: re: The joy of a first listen -- and comparing his gifts to Hart, Porter, Sondheim, Lerner... - keikekaze 11:03 pm EDT 04/17/24

Hammerstein's unique genius lay in his mastery of simplicity--simplicity being the hardest thing in the arts to pull off convincingly.


Indeed. And simplicity and economy are all but lost on contemporary lyricists/composers, who so often feel like they need to cram endless narrative streams of talk-talk-talky 16th notes (etc) into every bar. Much as I want to champion contemporary writers, that really does bother me. More is so often less.
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