A big project of mine in 2008 was to arrange the music for Christopher Moore's
stage musical, "Pope Joan."
The show plays January 16th through March 22nd at The Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
The show's producer is Michael Butler,
of "HAIR" fame, the impresario who also handles my show, "Dorian-The Remarkable Mister Gray.
The musical is based on a Medieval legend that one of the Popes was actually a woman.
As I developed the arrangements in Sibelius, I provided the show's staff MP3 demos. I'm posting a section of the show which comprises of three pieces; "The Englishman's Daughter" parts one, two and three.
A big challenge was to arrange Christopher's score for a small band. In the MP3s, I had to present an approximation of what this small band could sound like in performance.
The band's line up is:
(switching off to Sax and Recorder)
(switching between Piano and many other instruments)
(switching between Harp and many other instruments)
In the course of the project, we added an Acoustic Guitar,
played on stage by a member of the acting ensemble.
In the demos you'll hear how I needed to arrange strings for a single keyboardist, limiting what could otherwise be done.
I produced the demos primarily with Garritan Libraries - GPO and JABB.