March Monikers: “Maria”

WEST SIDE STORY

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March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.

It’s not often that Stephen Sondheim writes a song that is unabashedly romantic, but “Maria”, written with Leonard Bernstein, is such a song. A glorious testament to a girl met in few magical moments at a dance and the sound of her name, the song is heard early on in West Side Story as Tony, a member of a gang known as the Jets, expresses his newfound love for Maria, the sister of the leader of a rival gang, the Sharks. The song makes credible the sudden, yet profound love that connects Tony and Maria – an impressive feat, expertly achieved.

Keen to share your thoughts on “Maria”? Head on to the comment box at the end of this post.

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