Act Two of "Dorian - The Remarkable Mister Gray" has just begun. The Chorus has informed us that 20 years have passed since the end of Act One. It's now 1900.
Basil Hallward painted Dorian's portrait 20 years ago and hasn't seen the younger man very often for the past two decades. Basil is moving to Paris, in hopes of finding fresh inspiration for his paintings. But before going, he wants to report that horrible rumors are swirling around London concerning Dorian.
Dorian is bored and tired, but manages to maintain his innocent looking countenance in the face of Basil's recounting of the rumors (which are all true). But feeling pressed and cornered by the ensuing argument, he finally decides to take Basil up to the attic where he has hidden the strange painting which now looks like a monster. It's the image of the creature immortal Dorian would be if nature had its course.
This MP3 is a special version of the song done just for the Forum. Since it's not possible to post good vocal demos yet (the up-coming production isn't cast until January) - I used two solo instruments to play the melody lines.
The Garritan Strad is playing Basil's vocal line, and I didn't tailor it to be a proper instrumental solo - wanting it to accurately play the singer's vocal line. When Dorian joins in the number, he is represented by a Flugelhorn from JABB.
Here is the same piece without these stand-in vocal lines, for those interested in what the backing track will actually sound like on stage:
This is a scene set to music, as is typical of this semi-operatic stage musical. It makes the piece something of a medley. There are 5 distinct sections:
1)--Basil pleading with Dorian.
2)--1:38 Dorian first responds and the number segues into
the second section which begins at 1:43. This calmer segment is akin to operatic recitative. You'll notice this quality in the often non-melodic, talking quality of the melody lines.
3)--3:10 A return to the opening segment, this time with Dorian singing argumentative responses in counterpoint to Basil.
4)--4:20--Simmering to a low boil, the argument continues with this new transitional section, the two men carrying on a sung dialogue.
5)--5:09 Is underscoring for the dialogue that ends the scene, as Dorian picks up a candlestick to light the way as he takes Basil up to the dreaded attic where the painting is kept.
As with the entire sound-track I've recorded for the show, the primary sound source is GPO.
IMAGE NOTE: This is a portrait from the 1890's which I've adapted in Photo Shop for this post.