How the Music Spoils Sweeney Todd (and why that's a good thing)

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Attend the tale of the Dies Irae

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This blog post has most (if not all) of the instances of the Dies Irae:
http://dropera.blogspot.com/2014/09/sondheims-craft-manipulating-song-of.html

Another great article about the characterization in Sweeney Todd, also some Dies Irae:
https://www.fromscoretostage.com/single-post/2018/02/03/The-Unraveling-of-Sweeney-Todd

Sondheim's breakdown of Epiphany:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozg_OrLmLU4

Sondheim discussing using just a single idea and developing it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKZGIwZvexw

Into The Hoods's Sweeney Todd breakdown (I HIGHLY recommend watching this):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBUyWQGukoM&list=PL-iYD1AIXnw7SsANUNUUrRTFry4oIw2ru

Musicals w/ Cheese's Epiphany breakdown:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10GLzxApHC4

Kevin Lynch's Epiphany breakdown:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1arcmXIuQ5A

TheDetectiveSteve's review of Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiBhF3vWK_4

Bobby Burns's review of Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMkcGRSBZI4

Full discussion of Sweeney Todd that I completely forgot to credit in the video (sorry!) by Musicals w/Cheese:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIeusGBWLGo

Sondheim discussing the Dies Irae and Sweeney's musical identity:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpIPfv78scI

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):
https://uh-ir.tdl.org/bitstream/handle/10657/1150/YANAWAY-THESIS-2015.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Another amazing thesis that collected several critical leitmotifs from Sweeney Todd, also, naturally, discusses the inclusion of the Dies Irae at length:
http://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/7688/1/Peter%20Manning%20THESIS.pdf

And the third thesis that I looked at in preparation for this video that corroborated everything else that I had read:
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.467.6926&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Dies Irae Excerpt:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrHJTvMfXvw

Live Epiphany Clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quctDawu_bo

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

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