No brothers and sisters, no parents, and yet plenty to eat, and friends to play with and a warm bed, you know?
The composer grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and, after his parents divorced, on a farm near Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
"The curtain went up and revealed a piano," Sondheim recalled.
"A butler took a duster and brushed it up, tinkling the keys.
Sondheim and Babbitt would meet once a week in New York City for four hours (at the time, Babbitt was teaching at Princeton University).
According to Sondheim, they spent the first hour dissecting Rodgers and Hart or George Gershwin or studying Babbitt's favorites (Buddy De Sylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson).