I'm in the midst of A Very Big Project - re-orchestrating my score for "Dorian-The Remarkable Mister Gray."
When the show was done here in Oregon, we used the GPO-driven sound track that I created for the show. Those recordings are also being used in the Russian production now in rehearsal.
But producer Michael Butler and I want theatres to be able to do the show with a live band.
I had an impossibly huge ensemble on the recordings. There was an average of 64 instruments used. I didn't care about practicality, I was just putting together nice big sounding tracks for the show.
There's a limit to the size of bands for live musical theatre. Broadway shows now have between 5 and 12 musicians or so.
I've narrowed down the band to 12 pieces. But that is calling for totally re-orchestrating the show, and for the first time producing printable scores in Sibelius. I'm having to combine instrumental lines and omit some parts entirely.
The MP3 above is the first new demo featuring this smaller band. The score for this opening number is in Sib now, it just needs a bit more tweaking.
The instrument line up is now:
Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Keyboard (Celesta, Organ etc)
That leaves out Trombones, full string section, full wood section, Tympani etc. The show is sounding much edgier now with this smaller band, and I'm liking the feel of it.
Two years ago, starting in January of 2007, I started posting all the original recordings for "Dorian." The first thing I put up was "Prelude," and I think maybe 4 people responded to that thread. From there, the audience here in The Listening Room grew - but many of you probably didn't hear this first piece.
If you're interested in hearing the differences between the Big version and the new Smaller version - here's the original track for "Prelude" that I posted:
Big Version of "Prelude"
Hopefully I'll keep getting some help from Forum volunteers as I get the whole show finally down in notation form.
So, it's a study in simplification - Hopefully I'll be hearing a live band working these charts in the not-too-distant Future!