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No One is Alone

from Into the Woods

Composer: Stephen Sondheim

Arranger: Adam De Sorgo

Publication: No Information Available at this Time

Duration: 4:10

Program Notes:

This commission was performed with the Cortango Orquesta

Cortango Orquesta, a tango ensemble with a symphonic twist, is a concert and dance band featuring members of the Saint Louis Symphony. Founded and led by Cally Banham, a trained social Tango dancer, Cortango specializes in popular classics from the beloved orchestra leaders of Tango's golden era. Cortango is named for the "Cor anglais," or "English horn" - the atypical instrument in this otherwise orquesta tipica! Their songbook comes entirely from original arrangements made by members of the band, and by Argentine bandoneon player and Tango arranger, Julian Hasse, a featured collaborator.

Cortango Orquesta was born from a desire to create a live music experience that would be ideal for social dancers and has evolved to become a fusion concert ensemble, exploring the vast repertoire of contemporary Tango, incorporating a mixture of jazz and classical styles. The band debuted at the St. Louis Ritz-Carlton's "Nuestra Milonga" in May 2013. Engagements during their first season included a New York City debut at Cary Hall and a Festival debut performance at the Midwest Tango Festival. The group has been featured twice in concert at spectacular Powell Symphony Hall, as well as the Public Media Commons presented by the Nine Network. As part of the community programs at the St. Louis Symphony, Cortango has performed for patients at Siteman Cancer Center and for veterans at The Jefferson Barracks. To celebrate the great community of Tango dancers in St. Louis, Cortango created the popular annual "Chapel Milonga" event!

Cortango's debut album, "Tandas," released in 2015, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby and was featured on the PBS show "Arts America." Cortango is a featured collaborator on a new recording scheduled for release in November 2017. Learn more about Cortango by visiting their website -





Score Sample:





​Love, Friendship, American Musical Theater Traditions



Stephen Sondheim

Mother cannot guide you,
Now you're on your own.

Only me beside you.

Still, you're not alone.

No one is alone, truly.

No one is alone.

Sometimes people leave you
Halfway through the wood.
Others may deceive you.

You decide what's good.

You decide alone,

But no one is alone.

Mother isn't here now
Wrong things, right things...
Who knows what she'd say?

Who can say what's true?

Nothing's quite so clear now.

Do things, fight things...

Feel you've lost your way?

You decide, but you are not alone.

Believe me.

No one is alone. Truly...

You move just a finger,
Say the slightest word,

Something's bound to linger,

Be heard.

No one acts alone.

Careful, no one is alone.

People make mistakes,
Fathers, mothers,
People make mistakes,

Holding to their own,

Thinking they're alone.

Honor their mistakes.
Fight for their mistakes.
Ev'rybody makes
One another's terrible mistakes.

Witches can be right,

Giants can be good,

You decide what's right,

You decide what's good.

Just remember:

Someone is on your side

Our side.

Someone else is not.

Hard to see the light now

Just don't let it go

Things will come out right now.

We can make it so.

Someone is on your side,

No one is alone.

No One Is AloneAdam De Sorgo
00:00 / 04:11
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