Composer Stephen Sondheim does it and so does hip hop poet MK Asante. They combine words and music to make art. So how do they do it? We explore the neuroscience of rap, and hear how jazz composer Maria Schneider sets poetry to music.
Stephen Sondheim is the reigning genius of musical theater, with credits ranging from West Side Story and Gypsy to Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. Sondheim gives Steve Paulson a few pointers on how to write both music and lyrics.