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



This blog post has most (if not all) of the instances of the Dies Irae:

Another great article about the characterization in Sweeney Todd, also some Dies Irae:

Sondheim’s breakdown of Epiphany:

Sondheim discussing using just a single idea and developing it:

Into The Hoods’s Sweeney Todd breakdown (I HIGHLY recommend watching this):

Musicals w/ Cheese’s Epiphany breakdown:

Kevin Lynch’s Epiphany breakdown:

TheDetectiveSteve’s review of Burton’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd:

Bobby Burns’s review of Burton’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd:

Full discussion of Sweeney Todd that I completely forgot to credit in the video (sorry!) by Musicals w/Cheese:

Sondheim discussing the Dies Irae and Sweeney’s musical identity:

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):

Another amazing thesis that collected several critical leitmotifs from Sweeney Todd, also, naturally, discusses the inclusion of the Dies Irae at length:

And the third thesis that I looked at in preparation for this video that corroborated everything else that I had read:

Dies Irae Excerpt:

Live Epiphany Clip:

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