Stephen Joshua Sondheim (; born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist. One of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater, Sondheim has been praised for having “reinvented the American musical" with shows that tackle "unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre's] traditional subjects" with "music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication." His shows have been acclaimed for addressing "darker, more harrowing elements of the human experience," with songs often tinged with "ambivalence" about various aspects of life.

His best-known works as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987). He is also known for writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).

Sondheim has won the Tony Award for best musical eight times, more than any other composer. His other awards include an Academy Award, a Special Tony Award, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2010, the former Henry Miller's Theater on Broadway was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre; in 2019, it was announced that the Queen's Theatre in the West End of London would be renamed after Sondheim at the end of the year. Sondheim has written film music, contributing "Goodbye for Now" for Warren Beatty's 1981 Reds. He wrote five songs for 1990's Dick Tracy, including "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)", sung in the film by Madonna, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Film adaptations of Sondheim's work include West Side Story (1961), Gypsy (1962), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), A Little Night Music (1977), Gypsy (1993), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Into the Woods (2014), West Side Story (2021), and Merrily We Roll Along (TBA).

Send In the Clowns (From "A Little Night Music") [Arr. T. Poster for Violin & Piano]

Send In the Clowns (From "A Little Night Music") [Arr. T. Poster for Violin & Piano]

September 10, 2021

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Send in the Clowns

Send in the Clowns

January 22, 2021

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Send in the Clowns (Orchestral Version)

Send in the Clowns (Orchestral Version)

April 17, 2019

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Prologue from Sweeney Todd (Arranged for Orchestra)

Prologue from Sweeney Todd (Arranged for Orchestra)

April 17, 2019

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Company (2018 London Cast Recording)

Company (2018 London Cast Recording)

February 1, 2019

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Follies (2018 National Theatre Cast Recording)

Follies (2018 National Theatre Cast Recording)

January 18, 2019

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Sunday in the Park with George (2017 Broadway Cast Recording)

Sunday in the Park with George (2017 Broadway Cast Recording)

September 22, 2017

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The Essential Stephen Sondheim

The Essential Stephen Sondheim

February 26, 2016

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Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim From The Piano

Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim From The Piano

September 25, 2015

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Gypsy (2015 London Cast Recording)

Gypsy (2015 London Cast Recording)

April 27, 2015

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"Into the Woods" Instrumental Medley

"Into the Woods" Instrumental Medley

January 19, 2015

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Into the Woods (Instrumental Songs Version)

Into the Woods (Instrumental Songs Version)

January 1, 2015

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The Love Songs of Stephen Sondheim

The Love Songs of Stephen Sondheim

February 3, 2014

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Marry Me A Little (New Cast Recording)

Marry Me A Little (New Cast Recording)

September 24, 2013

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Sweeney Todd (The 2012 London Cast Recording)

Sweeney Todd (The 2012 London Cast Recording)

April 2, 2012

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A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

April 6, 2010

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Road Show

Road Show

January 1, 2009

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

December 17, 2007

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Simply Sondheim - A 75th Birthday Salute (Vol. One)

Simply Sondheim - A 75th Birthday Salute (Vol. One)

July 6, 2007

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Simply Sondheim - A 75th Birthday Salute (Disc Two)

Simply Sondheim - A 75th Birthday Salute (Disc Two)

July 6, 2007

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Company

Company

February 13, 2007

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Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

January 24, 2006

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Take me to the world, Songs by Stephen Sondheim

Take me to the world, Songs by Stephen Sondheim

January 1, 2006

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The Frogs/Evening Primrose

The Frogs/Evening Primrose

December 6, 2005

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Saturday Night - Original Cast Recording

Saturday Night - Original Cast Recording

December 6, 2005

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Sondheim Sings (Volume II, 1946-60)

Sondheim Sings (Volume II, 1946-60)

October 25, 2005

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Sondheim Sings (Volume I, 1962-72)

Sondheim Sings (Volume I, 1962-72)

May 10, 2005

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Rodgers: The Sound of Music: Enchanting Melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Rodgers: The Sound of Music: Enchanting Melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein

March 29, 2005

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Bounce

Bounce

May 4, 2004

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

June 18, 2002

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The Frogs / Evening Primrose

The Frogs / Evening Primrose

January 1, 2001

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Candide (1999 Royal National Theatre Cast Recording)

Candide (1999 Royal National Theatre Cast Recording)

January 1, 2000

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Saturday Night (World Premiere Recording)

Saturday Night (World Premiere Recording)

June 9, 1998

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Passion (1997 London Cast Recording)

Passion (1997 London Cast Recording)

January 1, 1997

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Company (1996 London Cast Recording)

Company (1996 London Cast Recording)

July 29, 1996

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Sweeney Todd (El Barber Diabòlic del Carrer Fleet) (Selecció Especial Ràdio)

Sweeney Todd (El Barber Diabòlic del Carrer Fleet) (Selecció Especial Ràdio)

January 1, 1995

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What Can You Lose: Myrra Malmberg Sings Sondheim

What Can You Lose: Myrra Malmberg Sings Sondheim

January 1, 1995

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Merrily We Roll Along (The New Cast Recording)

Merrily We Roll Along (The New Cast Recording)

November 1, 1994

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Into The Woods

Into The Woods

May 24, 1991

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Follies (Original London Cast Recording)

Follies (Original London Cast Recording)

January 1, 1987

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Leonard Bernstein: Candide (Opera House)

Leonard Bernstein: Candide (Opera House)

January 1, 1986

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Sondheim Pacific Overtures

Sondheim Pacific Overtures

December 3, 1984

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

January 1, 1979

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Stavisky (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Stavisky (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

January 1, 1974

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A Little Night Music (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

A Little Night Music (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

January 1, 1973

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Company (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Company (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

January 1, 1970

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The Story So Far...

The Story So Far...

January 1, 1957

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