(click title for Camtasia scrolling vocal score
and scratch vocal demo - please see notes below)
A hunting party is in progress at Dorian's estate in the country, Croydon Down. Dorian has fled there to escape James Vane who has sworn to kill Dorian in revenge for his sister's death.
Dorian's old friend, Lily, has followed so she can do what she can to protect the man she loves.
When the hunting party settles down for a picnic, Lily catches sight of James hiding in the bushes. She points out the spot to Lord Henry who immediately fires his rifle, thinking the fox has been cornered.
---------------------the filesI posted the Camtasia scrolling video file first this time, because of the good response on my last thread. The audio track is something I cobbled together just for the Forum, mixing the old vocal demo with the GPO file - and it's far from a pristine recording. There's some distortion, imbalances etc - but it suffices.
The MP3 of the vocal version is for the folks (like me!) who don't have luck making the video work.
And the purely GPO version is there for those who'd like to listen. But I certainly wouldn't expect most people to listen to both. Superior as the GPO instrumental backing track is, it's taking the back seat.
This is a production number with the full chorus and lead characters. It's a dance number, one of the largest in the show. Towards the end when the hunters lose interest in chasing the fox, it shifts into a segment straight out of the Operetta mold. It amuses me to picture the traditional staging called for in that picnic segment. In keeping with the show's style, it will be a fun scene on stage but not without its irony, considering the plight of the main character, Dorian.
NOTES: There are a few brief lines written to be spoken, but notes are indicated on the staves - not to be sung. The notes displayed are totally arbitrary. I couldn't switch to percussion notes on the same staves and didn't want to make the vocal score longer.
The chorus counterpart under Dorian's first verse has been developed more since I made the recording.
The rumbling sound which breaks up at the end is intentional, lest it be heard as a recording error.