The Finale of "Dorian-The Remarkable Mister Gray"
(click title for scrolling video of score with vocal demo)
Back in January of 2007, I posted the opening number from my stage musical, "Dorian-The Remarkable Mister Gray," based on the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. A small handful of people were kind enough to listen and leave comments.
Since then, I slowly but surely posted all the numbers from the show and the number of people listening and leaving comments kept growing. Many of the original "Dorian" listeners don't seem to be involved here at the Forums anymore, but there are many currently involved members who have heard quite a bit of the show.
This final number is the climax of the show. Like much of the piece, it's an extended scene set to music. This is the longest section of non-stop music, lasting 14 1/2 minutes! It's a lot to commit to in The Listening Room. But naturally I hope some of you make the decision to hear how the show wraps up.
There are new musical passages in this Finale, but most of it is comprised of an interweaving of many motives heard throughout the show. Reprises abound, sometimes much as they were first heard, others re-worked to fit the occasion. If you don't recognize a segment, just know that there's probably an emotional connection being made to an earlier song that you haven't heard.
Though you may not be able to completely follow the story, I'll still just leave this to speak for itself. I made a special version for posting here, with added text on the video's scrolling score to help you keep track of what's going on. NOTE: On the old recording, the character of Lily was named Maggie - hence the discrepancy.
--PREVIOUS to this Finale, there is a dialogue segment you should know about. The last song before this was the love song between Dorian and Lily. Following that, Lord Henry mocks Dorian for thinking he can actually fall in love again. Angry at the man whom he blames (accurately) for being a horrible influence on his life, Dorian takes Henry up to the attic, planning to show him the monster in the painting which has become the reflection of Dorian's soul. The scene parallels the one in which Dorian killed Basil, the portrait's painter. The audience thinks Henry may finally get his "just desserts"--but Dorian stops short of unveiling the picture. He sends Henry away. Once alone, Dorian desperately tries to believe that he is becoming a better person, and that Lily's love will be his salvation.
Sonically, this is the least satisfactory of what I've posted. It's a special blend I did just for the Forum of the original vocal demo (me singing all parts, including an octave shifted rendition of the women's parts) and the GPO tracks we'll be using in the live production now in rehearsal. Because of edits that occurred since recording the vocal demo, the two versions didn't line up and I had to do a lot of splicing and shifting, in an attempt to present what I could of this with voices--since that's been by far the favored way of hearing the show.
For those who can't make the video work (I'm included in that group!) - I have an MP3 of the same mix posted, and there's also the purely instrumental backing track (done with GPO, unlike the hardware synth original version) - the only version I'm actually happy with. Some of sections in the video/vocal demo suffer a lot compared to the instrumental tracks we'll be using in the stage production.
I want to thank all of you who have been listening to these posts, and giving me such encouraging feedback about the show. It's been something I'll never forget, this experience of playing all the numbers from the show for you over the past year.
Thank you all.