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Wicked: Piano Solo Stephen Schwartz

Wicked: Piano Solo

Stephen Schwartz

Published July 1st 2008
ISBN : 9781423436461
72 pages
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 About the Book 

Stephen Schwartz was born in New York City on March 6, 1948. He studied piano and composition at the Juilliard School of Music while in high school and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968 with a B.F.A. in Drama. Upon coming back to live in New York City, he went to work as a producer for RCA Records, but shortly thereafter began to work in the Broadway theatre.His first major credit was the title song for the play BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE- the song was eventually used in the movie version as well.In 1971, he wrote the music and new lyrics for GODSPELL, for which he won several awards including two Grammys. This was followed by the English texts, in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, for Bernsteins MASS, which opened the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The following year, he wrote the music and lyrics for PIPPIN and two years later, THE MAGIC SHOW. At one point, GODSPELL, PIPPIN, and THE MAGIC SHOW were all running on Broadway simultaneously.He next wrote the music and lyrics for THE BAKERS WIFE, followed by a musical version of Studs Terkels WORKING, to which he contributed four songs, and which he also adapted and directed, winning the Drama Desk Award as best director. He also co-directed the television production, which was presented as part of the PBS American Playhouse series.Next came songs for a one-act musical for children, CAPTAIN LOUIE, and a childrens book, THE PERFECT PEACH. He then wrote music for three of the songs in the Off-Broadway revue, PERSONALS, lyrics to Charles Strouses music for RAGS, and music and lyrics for CHILDREN OF EDEN.He then began working in film, collaborating with composer Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney animated features POCAHONTAS, for which he received two Academy Awards and another Grammy, and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. He also provided songs for DreamWorks first animated feature, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, for which he won another Academy Award for the song When You Believe.Mr. Schwartz provided music and lyrics for the original television musical, GEPPETTO, seen on The Wonderful World of Disney. Recently, he released two CDs on which he sings new songs, entitled RELUCTANT PILGRIM and UNCHARTED TERRITORY.Mr. Schwartzs most recent musical, WICKED, opened in the fall of 2003 and is currently running on Broadway.Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and serves on the ASCAP board- he is also a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild.