Okay so, I was listening to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA a couple of days ago, and had forgotten how much I love "The Music of the Night".
Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman
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I'm not sure why so many people hate this show. Maybe it's backlash against the success the show has had. Maybe people just don't care for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Maybe it's a prejudice against specters. Maybe the hate comes from the women who have actually had to sing this stuff. But again, I love spectacle. A subterranean lake with tons of dry ice, elaborate costumes and a crashing chandelier? I'm in. The music is big with a butt-load of strings and french horns, which I also love. I'm sure many consider it just a bunch of style over substance -- I can understand that, but whatev. That's the great thing about theatre -- there's room for everything, right? Did I mention the subterranean lake and lush orchestrations?
Anyway, I love the end of this song. Those dissonant chord progressions against the Phantom's note with that final resolve gives me chills every time. I'm sure there's some technical musical term for that, but I have no idea what it is, and once I tried to read a book about music theory and got a headache. I just know what gives me goosebumps, ya know?
Here's the last minute or so of the song. The magic happens at 51 seconds in, but there's a lot of brassy magnificence before that. If you don't get chills, there is something wrong with you. Ha! Nah, just kidding.