Paul McCartney Mourns The Death Of Stephen Sondheim
The Beatles’ Paul McCartney shared a post on his official Twitter account and expressed his sadness over the death of the famous composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who passed away on November 26, 2021.
As one of the best-known and best-selling bands worldwide, the impact of the Beatles in rock history is beyond argument. A renewed generation of fans now cherishes the legacy they created decades ago. Besides their musical influence, the Beatles were also a cultural phenomenon as they had a tremendous effect on the popular culture of the period.
After understanding the impact of the Beatles on the music industry, it could be easier to grasp the influence Stephen Sondheim has had on musical theater. He is thought to be one of the greatest songwriters, and some of his best works are the musicals like ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Company,’ and ‘Follies.’ Sondheim had also received a Pulitzer and Tony Award.
Paul McCartney had revealed before that the Beatles song, ‘There’s a Place’ released in 1963, was actually inspired by Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Somewhere’ from ‘West Side Story.’ It seems that Sondheim highly inspired McCartney’s music, and thus, it is not surprising to see him saddened by the musician’s death.
In his recent post, Paul revealed that he had the chance to meet Sondheim, and they had an inspiring conversation about songwriting. The Beatle said that ‘Send in the Clowns’ is still one of his favorite songs and praised as ‘well crafted and beautiful.’ McCartney described Stephen Sondheim as ‘a great talent’ and paid his respects.
Here is how Paul McCartney expressed his sadness:
“Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Stephen Sondheim. I was fortunate to meet him and chat about songwriting. He was a witty intelligent man. ‘Send in the Clowns’ is one of my favourite songs. So well crafted and beautiful with it.
We have lost a great talent but his music will live long and prosper. Goodbye Stephen, we love you. Paul x.”
You can see the tweets below.
We have lost a great talent but his music will live long and prosper. Goodbye Stephen, we love you. Paul x 2/2
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) November 27, 2021