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Sondheim provided original music for five movies: one or more songs for The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), Dick Tracy (1990), and The Birdcage (1996), and scores for Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981). The two scores reflect divergent trends in this era. Warren Beatty’s Reds uses music sparingly, and Alain Resnais’s Stavisky contains a complicated score that reflects compositional trends of the 1930s. Sondheim’s songs for the other films are crafted to entertain and to further their respective stories. For Dick Tracy, Sondheim composed five songs; several accompany montages, others crosscut with live action, and two, both performed by Madonna, have multiple reprises. Among the latter is the Oscar-winning “Sooner or Later.”

Keywords: Sondheim, film songs, Stavisky, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Reds, Dick Tracy, The Birdcage

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