"The Attic" and "Ten Past Two"
(click title for MP3)
PART ONE - underscoring PART TWO - includes a vocal demo done for our Forum
(take note, Trent!)
Following an argument, Dorian has taken Basil up to his attic to show him "the diary" of his life - the mysteriously changing portrait of Dorian which now looks like a loathsome monster. Only after seeing his own signature on the painting can Basil accept it as his own work.
The implications are immediately clear to him, that his one-time friend who hasn't aged in 20 years years and who still has the innocent demeanor of a child, is every bit as wicked as the rumors say.
He begs Dorian to pray together with him. But as Basil clasps his hands in prayer, Dorian, overcome with hate for the man who unwittingly ruined his life, takes out a knife and plunges it into Basil's neck over and over.
When the painter gurgles his last breath, Dorian is instantly smitten with remorse and tightly clasps the bleeding corpse in his quaking arms.
With a jolt he realizes he needs to take swift action. But first he slowly and delicately places the corpse in a peaceful, prayerful pose.
Suddenly the portrait ripples with new, demonic life and trickles of blood colored dew streak down from the thing's talon-like hands. Dorian catches sight of the horrific transformation and runs stumbling out of the attic.
Quickly gathering his wits about him, he grabs his coat, runs outside and locks himself out. He knocks loudly on the door to rouse Alyce Leaf, his housekeeper. When she lets him in, Dorian guides the conversation to impress upon Alyce that he's coming home at 2:10 AM - establishing his alibi should he be questioned about Basil's disappearance. Alyce shuffles sleepily back to bed as Dorian contemplates the new depths to which he's sunk.
---------------The MP3 is a blend of two numbers in the show, mixed together the way they will be in performance. The first half is underscoring for Basil and Dorian as they enter and talk in the attic. Reprises of themes abound.
0:20 -Basil sees the picture
1:15 - Basil's brief "Lord's Prayer" (to be sung)
1:40 - Dorian stabs Basil1:50 - pause in the music - Dorian lets out the earth cry of "BAAAASIL!"
1:53 - Dorian holding Basil, music first introduced in "Prelude" and "Dorian's Dilemma"
2:15 - re-positioning Basil into a peaceful looking pose
2:34 - the picture changes
2:50 - drums start "10 Past 2"
2:03 - Alyce crossing the stage to answer the door
The music box, the electric piano and a few other sounds are from the Korg X5DR - The rest of the instruments are GPO.
I added my vocals to this version, especially for The Forum. Obviously Alyce is being sung an octave lower than written.
The illustration is by Majeska, from a 1930 edition of the novel.