30 Day of Sheet Music: Day 24, “A Little Night Music”

Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 take on Ingmar Bergman’s “Smiles of a Summer Night” was unconventional, bittersweet and grown up. And also boasted perhaps his only breakout song, “Send in the Clowns.”  The sheet music, like the poster one-sheet, was a little risqué for the times. At some point I saw sheet music versions where the “tree of love” background was removed.

 

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Babs doing it, with a text adjustment sanctioned by Sondheim.

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