In the past several months, I've posted the first four numbers from my stage musical, "Dorian-The Remarkable Mr. Gray," based on Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." My last post from the show featured the Garritan Strad playing the instrumental version of a song which will be used as audience exit music at the end of Act Two.
Continuing on through the score, the next section of the show is comprised mostly of reiterations and reworkings of material from the first four numbers.
It's a scene between three characters, with sung passages as well as dialogue set to underscoring.
To help you understand this scene, I've recorded a scratch vocal version of it, with me playing all three characters involved.
The four sections of the scene are:
1) "Self Development"-reprise. Lord Henry Wotton and Dorian Gray are in Basil Hallward's paint studio, and Henry is reinforcing what he told Dorian earlier about the importance of seizing life while Dorian is still young. Musically, a motif from the show's opening, "Prelude" is heard as well as elements from "Self Development."
2) "Revealing The Picture." Basil Hallward, the painter, re-enters and for the first time shows Dorian (and the audience) the large portrait he's just completed of Dorian. Under the influence of Henry's strange and magnetic influence, Dorian sees the picture as something frightening and foreboding.
3) "Dorian's Prayer." First a brief new theme as Dorian fervently wishes he could have perpetual youth while the painting ages instead of himself. Then a Short reprise of "Somewhere In-between" in which Dorian's internal thoughts are again heard by the audience.
--The second half of "Dorian's Prayer" is an argument between Dorian and Basil, where the artist almost destroys the painting, since Dorian's reaction to it has been so unexpectedly violent and fearful.
There follows a bit more dialogue which I've omitted from this demo recording. It's the wrap up of the scene, spoken in the awkward silence which follows the revealing of the picture.
4) "Every Picture Painted"-reprise. Briefly, after Henry and Dorian leave, Basil is left alone with his creation, sadly realizing that his friendship with Dorian has irrevocably changed, and that strange powers seem to have been unleashed.
Link to this whole scene:
And here are the links to what I've previously posted from my show:
"Every Picture Painted" - instrumental
and "Every Picture Painted" as a vocal demo, featuring Mark Petruzzi.
"Self Development" and "Somewhere In-Between" - instrumental of two continuous songs, because they are performed non-stop in the show.
and "Somewhere In-Between" as a vocal demo with me singing.
And finally, jumping into Act Two, my first piece done with the Garritan Stradivari features the violin as the lead in an instrumental version of the show's love song, to be played as the audience exits at the end of the show:
As mentioned above, this new post is a condensation of the scene which follows Dorian's solo, "In-between."
Thank you for listening!
--GPO - the majority of instrumentation
--Korg X5dr - drums, bass, and misc. sounds
--CZ-1000 - misc. sounds
--various free VST soft synths
--Sonar Home Studio 4XL (and some of its plugins, including the SFZ Sound Font player)
--S.I.R. convolution reverb
--Sound Forge - mastering
--Tascam US-122 audio/MIDI interface - vocal recording