"Dangerous Game" from the Broadway Musical Jekyll and Hyde. Music by Frank Wildhorn.
This piece is creepy, and rightfully so. Here's what's going on: Hyde comes to seek out Lucy, who was really hoping to see Jekyll. But nonetheless, she is irrisistably attracted to Hyde. This song is really sensual... lots of groping and neck kissing and such. Unfortunately, a few scenes later, Hyde kills Lucy. Last time I wrote about something from Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Spiegelberg wanted to know if the other music from the show was more gothic sounding... so here ya go, a very gothic piece from the gothic musical thriller, Jekyll and Hyde...
The song begins very creepily with just Lucy singing. She begins accapella, with an octave leap from me to me in a minor key. She sings with a breathy and eerie tonality. She continues to outline a minor i triad with lots of leaps for 5 measures until the accompaniment joins her. When the accompaniment comes in, it is mostly playing arpeggiated triads. A quality that helps to contribute to the gothic sound is that it is a keyboard, not a piano, and it is on a setting of some sort that makes it sound very haunting and hollow. The rhythm in the accompaniment is full of triplets.
When the melody for the 2 verses begins, the tempo increases to moderately fast. Lucy sings the first verse alone, and then Hyde comes in. He sings the same thing she opened the piece with (the outline of the i triad with all the octave leaps), but it is accompanied this time rather than accapela. They then begin the 2nd verse, and they alternate singing every other line. When they finally do begin singing together, they are simply outlining the i iv and V chord, but it is powerfully sung. The texture changes in the accompaniment, and so does the density. The dynamic also increases.
The dynamics keep increasing... it keeps building... and BAM! Modulation. With the modulation comes a change in rhythm from mostly quarter notes and quarter notes tied to other quarter notes to all eighth notes. This change in rhythm plus a change in accompaniment style leads to a frantic sound as they sing: "At the touch of your hand, at the sound of your voice, at the moment your eyes meet mine, I am losing my mind, I am losing control, fighting feelings I can't define. It's a sin with no name, no remorse and no shame, fire fury and flame, cause the Devil's to blame! And the angels proclaim, it's a dangerous game." After the word proclaim, which is a pretty high note, everything just stops, and then they very freely sing together, "it's a dangerous game."
Such a neat song, and much more gothic sounding then some of the other songs in the show. I first heard it my freshman year of high school when a male friend of mine had the idea to sing it as a duet for a school concert. He ended up being a weird guy. Maybe that should have been my first sign. :-) The end.