Re: An Analysis of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
[quote="Hans]Like many here, I guess, I have tried to introduce theatre music to my friends. For a long while I have thought that it may be the theatricality of the voice that sings that puts people off theatre music. So I tried to play overtures to this one friend of mine, as they rarely feature voices and also provide samples from several songs in a short time.
Every time I have tried this, I am told "it sounds like circus music". [/quote]
Just out of interest, which overtures did you play? Because I've found that playing my friends things from shows like 'Sweeney Todd' or 'Les Miz' have got them interested in musical theatre. I don't know whether it's because they're more modern or ...
There is something (especially in ALW's shows) that does make you think of a circus when you hear the music, but like you i can't put my finger on what it is. In PotO, for me it occurs most when the Don Juan music starts, just before PONR. Maybe it's just the rhythms or the instrumentations