“Love Songs” – new work

“Seasons of Love’ – Jonathon Larson, from the Broadway musical, Rent

"Seasons of Love' - Jonathon Larson, from the Broadway musical, Rent

“Seasons of Love” is a song from the Broadway musical Rent, written and composed by Jonathan Larson. The song starts with an ostinato piano motif, which provides the harmonic framework for the cast to sing “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes” (the number of minutes in a non-leap Gregorian calendar year). The song is performed by the entire cast in the musical and in the 2005 film of the same name. The lyrics ask what the proper way is to quantify the value of a year in human life, concluding in the chorus that the most effective means is to “measure in love”. Since four of the lead characters of Rent have HIV or AIDS, the song is often associated with World AIDS Day and AIDS awareness. Jonathon Larson died the night before the opening of the show on Broadway. The cast sang it at the beginning to pay their respects to the composer.

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