A DANSE MACABRE
EDIT-6/22/07 - For SEAN, and anyone else interested--here's a 30 second clip of a vocal demo from this number.
It's me singing all the parts of a section that starts at 1:00 in the instrumental file posted. You can also catch a glimpse of what the orchestra sounded like before I was using GPO--Keep in mind I'm also singing the female parts, an octave lower than written:
EDIT-6/20/07 - There has been some confusion about the nature of this piece. It's a dance number from my musical, and in an attempt to set the scene in the text below, I've mis-led some listeners into thinking it's intended to be horrific.
On the contrary, besides a slightly strange main theme, the music itself is an energetic waltz (following introductory passages of a different nature) which in context of the show is understood to be ironic in its tone.
Reading some of the thread before listening would be instructive.This piece is actually titled "Fantastic Eyes." It's a big production number in my musical, "Dorian-The Remarkable Mr. Gray," and follows the last section of the show I posted awhile back.
I also call it a "Danse Macabre" because the scene has something in common with the Medieval dances of skeletons during that morbid period of time.
It's a masquerade scene--a wild Victorian orgy of song and dance held in a clandestine location, and fraught with danger and decadence. But on the surface, the music sounds like a pleasant party scene. Appearances are deceptive--that's the theme of the entire story.
Lord Henry is introducing Dorian to a new world-a secretive counter-culture which Dorian has never seen before.
As with the entire virtual orchestra sound track I've done for the show, this is mostly GPO. The rest is from my Korg X5dr sound module, various soft synths from online, and a surprise sound effect during the Coda.
This is primarily a dance number, but there are sections during which The Chorus will sing--voices not included on this recording--This is strictly the orchestra the cast will sing to.
An outline of what's happening and when The Chorus sings:
1 - Thematic reprise from "Every Picture Painted" is the transition into the scene.
2 - Up until 0:36 is a brief section of Henry introducing Dorian to The Chorus, and them replying. This is a transitional segment not musically related to the main section. Then the waltz begins.
3 - 1:00 The Chorus sings in four part harmony with overlapping contrapuntal lines.
4 - 1:32 A dance segment as a small group of female dancers dressed as Peacocks, seduce Dorian. A theme from the opening number "Prelude" is heard.
5 - 2:00 Brief vocal section from The Chorus.
6 - 2:15 more dance, then a brief section of singing, followed by more dance.
7 - 2:38 Full Chorus singing and dancing.
8 - 3:09 The coda is dance only, with the Peacocks exiting with Dorian and the masked dancers approving with lascivious glee--listen for them.