Sunday, April 10, 2005

"moonfall" from the mystery of edwin drood

"Moonfall" from The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes.

Jasper, Rosa Bud's creepy music teacher has fallen in love with her. He writes this song for her to sing in one of her lessons. Unfortunately, Rosa Bud does not return his affections, and is really just creeped out by the whole thing. She doesn't want to sing it, but does anyway.
The scenario that this song is performed in requires the song to sound a little creepy. It is really chromatic, kind of tempo-less and wandering, and kind of hollow sounding. It is a really cool song, and great for a good classical soprano because it is more of a classical musical theatre song. It requires a little more tecnique and training for the vocal line to be sung well.
We begin with the motive that is carried throughout the song. After the first statement of the motive, it is repeated again but a third higher. This happens again, but this time it is connected to the bridge, which really isn't that much different from the rest of the song. It is slightly higer, louder, and the tempo picks up a little. After the bridge, the motive returns and the rest of the song is almost identical to the beginning.
Another neat element in the song is the accompaniment. Up until the bridge it is mostly just arpeggiated chords, but they have a lot of chromaticism in them and they just wander. You can't really predict where they are going, they just kind of float around in a hollow sort of way. It is a cool effect. At the bridge, they are still arpeggiated chords, but they are much more full. At this point it is extremely chromatic and there is a huge crescendo. It's a little scary. Which fits the mood. After the bridge there is a break from the storm like effect in the chords, and they become calm and wandering again like they were in the beginning of the song.
It's a very different song... and it isn't your typical sweet soprano role, which is one of the reasons I really like to sing it.

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