“In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year in a life?”
These lyrics are from the Broadway musical RENT’s song “Seasons of Love.” The musical is set in the 1980s, at the height of New York City’s AIDS crisis, and follows the lives of eight friends over the course of a year. Eight young people learn to measure their lives in love after overcoming adversity, loss, and despair. With exceptional success, the play has defined a generation, given voice to the voiceless, and is frequently used to introduce young people to musical theater.
Seasons of Love is a song written and performed by Jonathan Larson for the Broadway show Rent.
It is the first song in the movie version, despite the fact that it is the opening song of the second act of the musical.
The song starts with an ostinato piano motif that provides a harmonic basis for the cast to sing “Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes” (the number of minutes in a common year). The major instruments used throughout the song include piano, vocals, guitar, organ, bass, and drums.
Seasons Of Love In The Musical
In the stage production, the song is sung at the beginning of the second act. The cast makes a straight line downstage, facing the audience. The entire cast performs the song, and the solos are frequently done by two cast members who play various minor roles (namely Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson). “Seasons of Love” is divided into two sections, the first of which begins in Act II and the second of which begins after “Take Me or Leave Me” a few songs later.
The song has been translated into a variety of languages for the musical’s worldwide productions (“Tiempos de amor” in Spanish, “Nur Liebe Bleibt” in German, “Sgraen ást” in Icelandic, and “A szerelem évszakai” in Hungarian).
Seasons Of Love In The Movie
In the 2005 film adaptation of Rent, “Seasons of Love” and its reprise are performed. Only the 8 major characters sing the song, with the two solos performed by Joanne (Tracie Thoms) and Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin). At the beginning of the film, the group performs “Seasons of Love” on a theater stage. The song is used as a backdrop for the character Mark’s documentary-style video on New York living in the reprise. [needs a reference] Excerpts from “Seasons of Love” appeared in several trailers as well as other promotional materials for the film.