It's been almost two months since I've posted any pieces from my stage musical, "Dorian - The Remarkable Mr. Gray." Previously I've posted the first two numbers, "Prelude" and "Every Picture Painted." The response here was very encouraging, and I appreciate that Forum members have wanted to hear more.
These are all songs, and it's frustrating to me that you're not hearing them as intended--with singers. That's the main reason I've hesitated to post more of these accompaniments. Melody lines are hinted at but are often not detectable, and so even though the arrangements are finished, they're still incomplete without vocalists.
Nevertheless, I'm glad to be sharing more. A group of musicians can understand the limitations of what I'm doing here, while the general public probably wouldn't "get" it quite as well.
What I'm posting today is the next section of the show, following "Every Picture." It's two inseparable songs, so I'm posting the entire 6:45 segment. Those who have heard the previous posts, will notice recurring themes already established, starting off with the opening measures of "Self Development" which echoes "Prelude."
The first song is Lord Henry speaking to Dorian who is posing for his portrait which Basil is working on. He's encouraging Dorian to be more adventurous in his living, to seize the time while he's still young.
At 3:00 there's a transitional segment as Dorian reacts to what Henry has said, featuring a restatement of Basil's song, "Every Picture."
At 3:20 begins "Somewhere In-between." It's Dorian's inner monologue, inspired by Henry's philosophies, expressing his restlessness and dissatisfaction with life. On stage, Henry and Basil would "disappear" as Dorian comes forward to tell the audience how he feels and what he's thinking.
This is Dorian's major theme, and a key musical moment for the show.
I've again made this a Windows Media Audio file--amazing how much smaller that format is from MP3, and the quality is almost as good, As good in a non-critical listening environment.