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This number is the last before the Act One finale for "Dorian - The Remarkable Mister Gray," my dramatic musical based on "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.
It's a split-stage scene. Basil, the painter, is seen on one side of the stage in his studio, writing a letter to Dorian. Dorian is on the other side of the stage, reading the letter as the painter starts singing the text.
Basil is asking for the loan of the portrait he did of Dorian. He needs it as the centerpiece of an important career-making or breaking exhibition.
Dorian is immediately alarmed at the thought of anyone seeing his picture which seems to be changing into the image of a cruel and selfish older man.
He replies by letter that the portrait has been destroyed.
The incident makes Dorian finally realize that the picture is indeed changing while he himself remains young and innocent looking, and that he has his evil twin to thank for the gift of immortality.
----------The first half of the number is a reprise of "Every Picture Painted," with interpolations of new passages for Dorian, and then on the song's chorus, Dorian sings a new counterpart to the original melody.
Dorian has the stronger focus in the scene, with Basil essentially repeating what he has said/sung before about the importance to him of Dorian's portrait. Dorian's dawning realization about the picture is conveyed with his lyrics, as is the decision to hide the painting ever after.
The score could be interesting for those who would like to see the counterpoint.
Up until :55, the music switches back and forth between Basil's 3/4 melody and Dorian's 4/4 interaction with his painting.
At :55 begins the true counterpoint. The French Horn is following Dorian's vocal line colla voce.
1:40 - Dorian writes his decisive letter to Basil.
1:57 - Celesta transition as his servant takes the letter, and Dorian slowly moves to face his haunted portrait.
2:14 - A new section with Dorian rising to triumphant realization that he is immortal.
2:41 - A reprise of "Dorian's Dilemma" as Dorian covers the monstrous painting, and sets his eyes on a future where he'll never die and can indulge in anything his imagination can conjur.
At the end, Basil briefly joins in again, repeating words earlier said by Sibyl, "Dorian, don't leave me" - and saying that without the painting, he himself is now Blank.