How the Music Spoils Sweeney Todd (and why that’s a good thing!)

From Sideways.

This is re-upload for a video that was originally posted Oct 29, 2019
Turns out that the original version is only blocked in the USA (I think?) and that everyone else on the planet can now see two versions of this video…soo…uhh…
I guess this is the US version of this video now?

Attend the tale of the Dies Irae

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Sources/Links:

This blog post has most (if not all) of the instances of the Dies Irae:
http://dropera.blogspot.com/2014/09/sondheims-craft-manipulating-song-of.html

Another great article about the characterization in Sweeney Todd, also some Dies Irae:
https://www.fromscoretostage.com/single-post/2018/02/03/The-Unraveling-of-Sweeney-Todd

Sondheim’s breakdown of Epiphany:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozg_OrLmLU4

Sondheim discussing using just a single idea and developing it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKZGIwZvexw

Into The Hoods’s Sweeney Todd breakdown (I HIGHLY recommend watching this):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBUyWQGukoM&list=PL-iYD1AIXnw7SsANUNUUrRTFry4oIw2ru

Musicals w/ Cheese’s Epiphany breakdown:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10GLzxApHC4

Kevin Lynch’s Epiphany breakdown:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1arcmXIuQ5A

TheDetectiveSteve’s review of Burton’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiBhF3vWK_4

Bobby Burns’s review of Burton’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMkcGRSBZI4

Full discussion of Sweeney Todd that I completely forgot to credit in the video (sorry!) by Musicals w/Cheese:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIeusGBWLGo

Sondheim discussing the Dies Irae and Sweeney’s musical identity:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpIPfv78scI

An amazing dissertation on Sweeney Todd (It’s where I read about how there are 15 leitmotifs, and that 13 are directly related to the Dies Irae):
https://uh-ir.tdl.org/bitstream/handle/10657/1150/YANAWAY-THESIS-2015.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Another amazing thesis that collected several critical leitmotifs from Sweeney Todd, also, naturally, discusses the inclusion of the Dies Irae at length:
http://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/7688/1/Peter%20Manning%20THESIS.pdf

And the third thesis that I looked at in preparation for this video that corroborated everything else that I had read:
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.467.6926&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Dies Irae Excerpt:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrHJTvMfXvw

Live Epiphany Clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quctDawu_bo

Finally, "Sondheim on Music" by Mark Eden Horowitz
I can’t recommend this book enough, it’s such a fun read.