Beauty and the Beast: Transformation and Dance
Several years ago, the fabulous Synetic Theater produced an original version of Beauty and the Beast. This video shows the last two scenes; in the first scene, the beast is transformed back from a beast into a prince. The music is introspective, interplaying male and female voices in a mysterious atmosphere.
Beginning at time 03:17, the second scene ends the production with a dance. The music is a sweeping orchestral waltz. The very end of the scene subsides in a decrescendo, as the lights fade out.
You can read about some of the technical details about the music on my blog post here.
Phantom of the Opera
I composed music selections for a theatrical production of the supernatural classic Phantom of the Opera at Synetic Theater. The moods evoked by the story are dark, intense, mysterious, foreboding, and threatening.
The videos here are excerpts from this magical production, presented entirely without dialog!
(Dramatic) Quiet dance turns into a conflagration
Nostalgic orchestral music for dance
Fearful then Uplifting
(Driving rhythm, romantic melody) Sad Cello
Quiet and Mysterious
(Dramatic) Orchestral Action
Dark, mysterious catacombs under the Paris Opera House
At the masquerade ball
Soul Searching begins as a low-key electronic meditation. It picks up intensity as a choir of Hollywood singers join in with percussion. Then it turns into a rock ballad, as guitars, brass join the choir.
Empty streets in New York City
The World is Slowing Down
The World is Slowing Down is a slow, nostalgic meditation. As I compose this piece, the entire world is coming to a near-standstill during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Cinematic Ethnic Tracks
Ancient Middle East is an intro cue for a short film that I am working on. It demonstrates the use of the harmonic minor mode, and several non-Western instruments.
Native Warriors is a demo cue that is composed in the style of "Dart Frogs" from the movie Apocalypto.
Sunrise in Jerusalem is a song in which I combine exotic drums and a singer. The harmonic progression and melody are specifically designed to "leave you hanging", that is to say, waiting for something more to come.
Sunrise in Jerusalem
Strange Attraction is a is soft jazz ballad in a romantic style. Piano, flute, guitar, alto sax, bass, drums, and strings play a tune that has a soft, relaxing style. The title of the piece is a play on words, with both a romantic and also a mathematical connotation.
Sea of Tranquility, Part 1
Sea of Tranquility, Part 2
Sea of Tranquility, Part 3
Sea of Tranquility, Part 4
Of Mice and Men: Curtain Call
This music was for the Curtain Call for a performance of John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men produced at Silver Spring Stage.
Usually, composing music is an isolated effort, but this composition was different. I collaborated with a fantastic musician, Ron Dicus. We jointly auditioned for the job of producing incidental music for the play. So we split up the job of composing the music, by alternating our music compositions. Ron wrote the overture piece, and I wrote this one, a comparable piece for the end of the play. And, Ron composed a theme that represents George, one of the main characters in the play. This theme occurs again and again throughout the incidental music we composed. You can hear it at the very beginning of "Curtain Call".
While composing the music, we tried to write "period music" that would have been typical of the early 1930's: Ranch music, jazz, and orchestral.
Cycle of Dark Prophecies
Cycle of Dark Prophecies is a dramatic, and sometimes intense cycle of movements. It ranges through a wide range of moods, including agitated, melancholic, nostalgic, suspenseful, bombastic, foreboding, and and mysterious. The cycle was originally intended to accompany a Role-Playing Game called "Dark Prophecy". Many of the melodic themes recur throughout the cycle, to help give a sense of unity to the entire structure.
photo by Mads Schmidt Rasmussen