Personalities | (Sir) Andrew Lloyd Webber | Contemporary | Classical
English composer and producer
Lloyd Webber met the lyricist Tim Rice in 1965 and within three years they had written Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (1968), which displays a strong lyricism and a close affinity to pop. His most successful musical was Cats, based on the poems by T. S. Eliot, which was one of the longest-running shows in London and on Broadway. Lloyd Webber’s musicals are essentially episodic, although he has shown an inclination to through-composition, for example in the motivic writing of Sunset Boulevard (1993). He has also shown a desire to take on more serious topics, such as The Beautiful Game (2000), which explores issues surrounding Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 70s through the medium of a local football team.
Requiem, soloists, Winchester Cathedral Choir, English CO (cond) Lorin Maazel (Decca)
Lloyd Webber’s songs have become an institution, none more so than those from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Tunes such as ‘Any Dream Will Do’ have been chart hits and the stage musical has been a success from London’s West End to Broadway.
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