"Sunrise, Sunset" is a song from the musical Fiddler on the Roof written in 1964 by composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick.

Production edit

Lyricist Sheldon Harnick said:[1]

I do remember when we wrote "Sunrise Sunset," the first person we played it for was Jerry Bock's wife...and when I finished, then I looked at Jerry's wife Patti and I was startled to see that she was crying. And I thought my goodness; this song must be more effective than we even know. And the same thing happened – I am not a pianist but the music to "Sunrise Sunset" is easy enough so that I could learn the piano part – and I played it for my sister. And when I finished I looked and she had tears in her eyes. And that was a very unusual experience.

The album Sheldon Harnick: Hidden Treasures (1949-2013)[2] features the demo recording of "Sunrise, Sunset" featuring Harnick, accompanied by composer Jerry Bock. Harnick said "This CD set is supposed to be the unknown songs, and the two men who created it, Bill Rudman (ph) and Ken Bloom (ph), when they said they wanted to use "Sunrise, Sunset," I said but that's a very familiar song. They said not with you singing it."[1]

Synopsis edit

This song is performed at the wedding of Tzeitel, Tevye and Golde's eldest daughter. The two parents sing about how they can't believe their daughter and her groom have grown up, while Hodel and Perchik sing about whether there may be a wedding in the nearby future for them.

Critical reception edit

The Irish Times said the song has a "hypnotic chorus".[3] AllMusic deemed it one of the film's "famous and now-standard songs".[4] Splash Magazine named it one of the musical's "big Broadway numbers".[5] The Style Weekly critic said the song, along with Tradition, had "infectious strains".[6] The Des Moines Register noted that the musical "melts into bittersweetness" at this song.[7] The Northampton Chronicle critic opined that it was "poignant".[8] Virtual Shropshire's critic wrote that the song "wrings the heart ... as Tevye's daughters approach marrying age."[9] Register Citizen described the song as a "heartbreaking parental cry to slow down the years, to keep their children young: 'Wasn't it yesterday when they were small?'"[10] AZ Central noted the song was "haunting and emotional".[11] Blue Coupe wrote "Musically, the scene's centerpiece is the classic 'Sunrise, Sunset'".[12]

Recordings edit

John Stamos, Dave Coulier - “Full House” (1987) Juan Pablo Di Pace - “Fuller House” (2018)

As a wedding song edit

"Sunrise, Sunset" is often played at weddings. In 2011 Sheldon Harnick wrote two versions of the song, suitable for same-sex weddings, with minor word changes. For example, for male couples, changes include "When did they grow to be so handsome".[30]

References edit

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