de Mare, Sondheim and “I Think About You”

Anthony de MareOn August 25, 2013, pianist Anthony de Mare presented Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival, exploring Sondheim song arrangements which de Mare has commissioned from classical, jazz, and musical theater composers. According to The Contrapuntist ‘Paul Moravec’s “I Think about You”, inspired by “Losing My Mind” from Follies, served as the emotional cornerstone of the program’s first half. Moravec employed a recurring musical phrase from the song’s title as an idée fixe representing obsession and heartbreak. The phrase later exploded into a psychotic flurry of repetitive figures. The music eventually gave way to a contemplative melody, although the idée fixe continued to subtly repeat in the background.’

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