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    Nw2q link

    Ballad from the musical, "Street Thunder"


    Here is a new link - hopefully at a higher volume.

    http://www.box.net/shared/static/9azum74dra.mp3

    In her world of snow-white horses,
    Golden knights and crystal towers,
    Shining rainbows filled with jewelled stars,
    mystic orbs and magic powers -

    Chorus:
    She looks for beauty in a world she barely knows,
    She looks for beauty in all the places where she goes,
    She looks for beauty, she looks for beauty.

    In the world of real-life horses,
    Golden knights are sometimes tarnished,
    shining rainbows often turn to rain and
    Magic powers are all in vain -

    Chorus:
    She still finds beauty in a world she barely knows,
    She stll finds beauty in the souls of those she knows,
    She still finds beauty, she still finds beauty.

    With a unicorn beside her,
    from her quest she'll not depart,
    for the wondrous thing she seeks is hidden
    Deep within her heart -

    Chorus:
    She is beauty in a world she barely knows,
    She is beauty, it will shine where'er she goes,
    She is beauty, she is beauty.

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    "...hopefully at a higher volume..."

    Affirmative on that, Tom--Perfect! Very nice--Thanks, it's nice to hear it much better now.

    EDIT: I forgot something - This is a ballad from your show written for young people to do as I recall. --This is 15 minutes long, which is highly unusual. The average length of theatre songs is from 1:30 to 3:00. Getting up to 5:00 is pretty unusual -The only numbers I know of which go beyond 5:00 are big production numbers that can sustain audience interest, but those are rarely even 10 minutes. - I'm trying to understand how this works at this length, when the mood and sentiment of the song has been completely stated in under 3 minutes time. - ?

    Randy

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    Re: Nw2q link

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser- View Post
    "...hopefully at a higher volume..."

    Affirmative on that, Tom--Perfect! Very nice--Thanks, it's nice to hear it much better now.

    EDIT: I forgot something - This is a ballad from your show written for young people to do as I recall. --This is 15 minutes long, which is highly unusual. The average length of theatre songs is from 1:30 to 3:00. Getting up to 5:00 is pretty unusual -The only numbers I know of which go beyond 5:00 are big production numbers that can sustain audience interest, but those are rarely even 10 minutes. - I'm trying to understand how this works at this length, when the mood and sentiment of the song has been completely stated in under 3 minutes time. - ?

    Randy
    Now you know why critics called it an opera.

    Seriously, you are hearing it as a performance piece re-written a few years after it was used in the stage production. The scene showed the street children outside the church having not been allowed in for Kathy's funeral. The first two verses were read as poems during her funeral by her friends, one of whom begins to play his guitar and presents only the final verse and chorus set to music.

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    Thanks for the details, Tom. Staging of course is an integral part of theatre music. I think you're saying much of this is underscoring, with the latter part being the actual part sung. I was just so struck by its length!--that's 1/4 of an entire Act! More clear now--Thanks.

    Randy

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    Re: Nw2q link

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser- View Post
    Thanks for the details, Tom. Staging of course is an integral part of theatre music. I think you're saying much of this is underscoring, with the latter part being the actual part sung. I was just so struck by its length!--that's 1/4 of an entire Act! More clear now--Thanks.

    Randy
    When I think over the various musicals I have directed, specifically Camelot, My Fair Lady, Calamity Jane, The Music Man, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music to name a few, there were a lot of musical pieces well over two minutes in length. Given a scene of intense drama, dance or heavy comedy I would not have a second thought of including a selection of four to five minutes. Especially with a competent set designer and lighting specialist and, of course, a strong script. The only time I would feel as a composer or producer to be strictly limited to songs under two minutes in length would be if I were working with a very light or poorly crafted libretto.

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    Tom

    The volume is much better now. I seem to spend a lot of my time getting the volume as high as I like in my pieces.

    A little more reverb might help to open this up a little more.

    Nice piece

    Ron
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein

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