The whole town has turned out for the funeral of Tom and his buddies, Huck and Josh. The preacher delivers a heart felt eulogy for the boys as the distraught Aunt Polly drowns in tears.
Gently playing under the preacher's speech is an organ rendition of the show's opening number, "St. Petersburg." I used the Flutes Pipe Organ patch from GPO for smoothness, and layered it with a rather raw sample set of a noisy old European Harmonium to add a rougher edge to the sound.
Funeral organ - 1:09
The preacher suddenly stops mid-sentence when he's dumbstruck to see Tom, Huck and Josh sheepishly coming down the aisle, choking back the tears from hearing their beautiful eulogy. They've heard the whole thing from the choir loft at the back of the church.
Everyone's overjoyed, and Tom says he and his buddies have been out on the river playing pirates. Becky Thatcher, who was crying her heart out over Tom's death just a little earlier, is so incensed by Tom's revelation, she knocks him to the ground with a solid punch. Nose in the air, she and her girlfriends march out of the church.
"SING! And put your hearts in it!" Cries the preacher, and the congregation belts out a hymn as the stunned Tom remains on the floor nursing his soar jaw.
Exactly as Mark Twain says in the book, the hymn is "Old 100," or as it's now more commonly called, "The Doxology." This is my SATB arrangement, and I especially enjoyed doing it, this hymn having strong memories for me as a child when it was sung every Sunday and at every church function.
Beefing up the vocal tracks is the Choir from GPO, run through a morphing filter so the samples do some semblance of singing the words.
"Old 100" - 0:55
Everyone takes a new position on stage, and we're in the court room. The district attorney is wrapping up the case against Muff Potter who is being tried for the murder of Doc Robinson. Muff's lawyer calls only one witness - Mr. Thomas Sawyer.
Just as Tom is about to reveal who he saw plunge the knife into the doctor that horrible night in the cemetery, Injun Joe leaps up and throws a knife at Tom, narrowly missing him. Joe scrambles out the courtroom window, and the crowd is in a panicky, confused uproar.
From GPO, this cue has Banjo, Tympani, 3 Snares, Full Strings, Violins 1, Violins 2, Violas, Cellos, Basses, Glissando Harp, Piano, Horn Section.
From Comb - Piccolos group 1, Flutes group 1, Clarinets group 1, Trumpets group 1, Tubas group 1, Trombones group 1.
"Injun Joe Escapes" - 0:24
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When everyone else has cleared the stage, Huckleberry Finn emerges from the shadows, tackles Tom and thrashes at him wildly. Huck's madder than a hornet at Tom for betraying their secret. They'd sworn a blood oath never to tell anyone what they saw in the cemetery.
This next cue's motif is from "Me and my Best Friend," the song that introduced Huck Finn in the show. Garritan instruments are Banjo, Cymbals, The Strad (the discontinued solo) and Jaw Harp. Acoustic Guitar is from the free Kore Player.
"Tom and Huck fight" - 0:17
Tom desperately tries to explain that he couldn't stand by and see Muff hang for something he didn't do. "You can't just walk out on a friend," says Tom. "Oh can't you? Watch me!"- and Huck goes tearing out of the courtroom, leaving behind a forlorn Tom Sawyer.
Same instruments as the fight, except Tympani instead of Cymbals.
"Forlorn Tom" - 0:10
Next time - A big production number!