Sondheim on expression

Mike Brown interviewers musical theatre composer Stephen Sondhiem:

When I venture that his songs might suggest that he has a somewhat jaundiced view of love, he momentarily flares into irritation. ‘How can you tell? Every single song I’ve ever written is sung by a character created by somebody else. Some might have a jaundiced view of love, some don’t. But none of these songs is me singing – not a single one.’ Not a single one, perhaps, except Finishing the Hat, which he maintains is the only song he has ever written that is ‘an immediate expression of a personal internal experience’.

Brown, Mick. “Still Cutting it at 80: Stephen Sondhiem interview”, Telegraph, 27 September 2010.  Click here to view article.