This is an older piece of mine, and seeing as everyone is posting excerpts from musicals, I figured, why not post an excerpt from something I wanted to do as a musical: "Le crime de l'Orient Express" (Murder on the Orient Express).
It always amazes me the production you get out of just Finale. I gave up on Sibelius for the final mix just because I couldn't get this kind of reality without working for 20 years on each piece. I am sure you are loving the Grof Cello as well.
As always you have posted another interesting piece and it is a pity the issues could not be worked out to allow this to have progressed further.
I have not been very lucky in finding text to set to music. It seems that every time I choose one to set, the holder of the rights either has specific instructions not to allow setting to music (Murder on the Orient express, and another I was interested in as an opera: "Inherit the Wind") or I'm in competition with another composer who wants to set it to music (Dolores Claiborne, by Stephen King, which apparently is being negotiated for an opera by another composer.. I'm suspecting Danny Elfman on this last one).
I have found a local author to discuss writing an original libretto for an opera. We should be meeting in the upcoming weeks.
I intended on using GPO as my backup orchestra for the premiere, once the piece is composed.
Anyways, thanks for listening. I actually had not listened to this piece in quite a while. It was a refreshing blast from the past for me.
I'm actually looking forward to hearing Randy's musical mix with real voices and GPO. I intend on using GPO for an opera production in a few years, and am excited at the propect of hearing how well it worked for him (and obviously, hearing the great music he wrote for his musical).
thank-you so much Jon! I'm so happy you noticed the "foreshadowing" (and yes, I do believe it's a real word).
I wanted to give it a grand sweeping "main" theme, representing the Orient Express itself. Then I wanted to hint at motifs that would be used more within the musical itself (the long cello line becomes the love theme, for example). I also added a little hint of viennese waltz (although it's 3+3+2), since this WAS supposed to be a party train.
I liked very much the motion of the train throughout, with the different scenes passing by. There are also many hints as to things that are happening or about to happen.
You did a very good job from all points of view and I hope that you will find the way to continue it.
You can invent your own story/film, or base it on a PD one.
Don't give up!