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"Adventure in the Cemetery"
Besides the songs I wrote for my stage adaptation of "Tom Sawyer," there was extensive underscoring to do. Here's an example.
This is actually six different cues, to be played in performance according to the timing on stage. I put them together as one file, simulating how they would overlap each other in the production.
1) Transition music at the end of the scene between Tom and Becky.
They became engaged in the course of the scene, but Tom lets slip that he's been engaged to a girl before. Becky stomps off in a snit, never wanting to speak to Tom again, and throwing down the brass door knocker he gave her as an engagement present. A syrupy solo clarinet reprises "School Days" as Tom sinks to the ground in misery.
2) Crickets, Frogs, an Owl, and the GPO wind machine (!) introduce The Cemetery Scene.
The lights shift, Huckleberry Finn joins Tom (dead cat in tow--see notes on "Best Friends") as the spooky scene of the town cemetery at midnight is set. The music sketches in the mood of Mark Twain's narration which can't be included in the dramatization. After the opening measures, this underscoring will go down under the dialogue.
Thematic material is from "St. Petersburg" the opening number. Mournful versions of the melody line for "It's a small town, an unimportant town" are heard.
3) 1:32 in this file, the Cemetery music fades as the "Murder of Doc Robinson" music bursts in.
Hiding behind a head stone, Tom and Huck have been watching as Doc Robinson, Injun Joe and Muff Potter dig up a grave. Muff Potter is knocked out during a scuffle, and Joe pulls out his knife to kill Doc Robinson. The boys watch in horror as the doctor is killed, and Joe places Muff's knife next to the dead body. framing the poor hapless drunk with the murder. The musical stabs starting at 2:03 are when Joe stabs the doctor. This is the third usage of Inun Joe's theme.
4) 2:18 through 2:55 - A return of the Cemetery underscoring as the boys have a frightened, lively discussion about what they should do.
5) 2:55 - The boys swear an oath, sealed with blood, that they will never talk about what they saw that night. They're afraid if Joe knows they saw what he did, they'll be "goners." The underscoring is a somber reprise of "Me And My Best Friend."
6) The Cemetery scene ends on a hair-raising note for the boys. They hear the howl of a dog - a sign that someone is going to die. "St. Petersburg" is heard in its scariest form as the boys run off in a panic. Immediately segueing from this is a rooster and birds chirping, setting a sunlit scene at Aunt Pollys.
Being primarily orchestral cues, GPO is the main sound source, with some instruments from JABB and World and sound effects rounding things out.
EDIT: For people interested in what instruments are used in projects, here's a complete list. --Creatures were mostly from Freesound.org, a great cooperative site featuring members' sound effect files: Owl, Crickets, Frogs, Squirrels, Dog, Rooster, birds in a yard.
Bb Clarinet from JABB, with the high octave breath sounds, AirNoise (CC12) KeyNoise (CC13), Vibrato (AfterTouch) VibSpeed (CC17) and Pitch Bend (besides fairly active CC11.)
from GPO unless noted:
Garritan Strad (the discontinud solo violin)
Garritan Gofriller (the discontinued solo cello)
E Horn 1 solo
Wind Machine (last sound in Percussion)
+ "Eerie Gong" and "Piano Effect" (both sound effects from Freesound.org)
Everything in #2, and added-
Basic Orch Percussion
Percuss Toys (Claves and Ratchet)
from CMB (Concert and Marching Band):
+Kore Suspense Strings
+Bazouki-Cakewalk Sound Center
+Waterphone-E-mu Proteus 3 Soundfont collection
#4 same as #2
(+ "Alien Piano"-Cakewalk Dimension)
Cymbals from GPO
NOTE: If I would have had Instant Orchestra when I recorded this, there are several things I could have used instead of some of these non-Garrian sources.