March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
Stephen Sondheim wrote three different songs called “Johanna” for Sweeney Todd: one for Anthony, one for Judge Turpin and a quartet for Act II. It is that quartet, sung by Sweeney, Johanna, Anthony and the Beggar Woman that I’ve chosen for this post. A song created to show the passage of time as Anthony searches for Johanna, the song derives a great deal of dark humour by juxtaposing Sweeney’s tender words about his daughter with a series of throat slashings that he performs as he considers the idea that he might never see Johanna again.
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