Hi all, open question to those with experience in writing song lead sheets, or musical scores with multiple verses of lyrics.
I have very different phrasing on a lot of verses in the songs for the musical I’m writing. I want to ensure that the phrasing I’m writing is adhered to as much as possible, and whilst I will be in control of the first production I may not be for subsequent shows. Is it generally a case of writing the entire score linearly so that each verse melody can have the exact phrasing attached to the lyric? Instead of using repeats and sections with several lines of lyrics stacked? I’m trying to imagine (not having their phone numbers handy…) what Sondheim or Lloyd-Webber does with a new production - are they phrase dictators? Given great singers of course I guess there’s always some lee-way, but initially, I’m assuming the composer is god in this matter?
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve written for voices other than your own (a new venture for me as a singer-songwriter who has never written for others). It’s fascinating hearing some of the audition tapes already coming in (we launch in May 2020) based purely on a demo version sung by me, and not from a score. Some simply don’t get it. Others try and can’t get it…and phrasing - is ------ every - thing…!