- 出版社: Applause Theatre Book Publishers (2008年9月1日)
- 平装: 512页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1557837457
- 条形码: 0884088248383, 9781557837455
- 商品尺寸: 19 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 1.07 Kg
- ASIN: 1557837457
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Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from "Godspell" to "Wicked" (英语) 平装 – 2008年9月1日
"Defying Gravity" takes readers into the creative world of Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, from his experiences writing "Godspell's" score at age 23 through the collaborative journey for the making of the megahit musical "Wicked". For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from 80 hours of interviews with Schwartz and over 100 interviews with his colleagues, friends, and family members. Her sympathetic yet frank narrative reveals many never-before-told stories and delves into the challenging issues of collaboration and the decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops.Named after the heroine's song at the exhilarating first-act climax of "Wicked", the book attests to Schwartz's determination to follow his vision despite setbacks and negative criticism. And, in a series of 'Creativity Notes,' the composer shares his insights on tapping the subconscious mind, overcoming creative blocks, writing for character detail, surviving countless rewrites, working with feedback, and other topics. The book also covers the movie songwriting that landed Schwartz three Oscar nominations for "Enchanted" and three Academy Awards for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt".
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The last section on Wicked goes through the whole creative process of what is going to probably be the most successful musical of all time. A must for budding musical theater writers.
The answer to these and many other questions lies in Carol De Giere's wonderfully captivating DEFYING GRAVITY: THE CREATIVE CAREER OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, FROM GODSPELL TO WICKED. If you've ever wondered about Schwartz's personal life, its influence on his writing, and his creative process, this book is for you. Filled with stories, some extremely touching, many humorous, DEFYING GRAVITY offers a rather candid look at a brilliant composer...one who has experienced both triumph and failure, but one whose creative process has always been strong. You will learn some interesting details about his collaborators, his family, his friends, and his shows. Never boring, always engaging, and littered with many black-and-white photos (from Schwartz's personal file as well as from productions of his shows), DEFYING GRAVITY is a treat for anyone who's ever wondered about the creative journey of a musical theatre/film writer...or ANY creative person, for that matter.
In a way, DEFYING GRAVITY is a story anyone can relate to: De Giere dedicates her work to the creative spirit that inspires each and every one of us. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Schwartz, WICKED, musical theatre, or creating something out of nothing. Bravo, Ms. De Giere!
This book is a musical theatre cornucopia.
Not content to merely recount events, the inclusion of Creative Notes throughout is a bit like a Masterclass of creativity...not just about musical composition but offers "doorways" to unlock all kinds of creativity. Schwartz himself is an inspiration of course...his unwavering talent which has developed through the decades and also his creative angsts (shared by creatives everywhere) is a great struggle and Schwartz one of its finest exponents...one of my favoudite books EVER!