Composed by Rob Stein Percussion by Eric Kruse and Sean Combes
This incredible show is based on the epic poem “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri, and is sure to both terrify and delight your audience. A wide variety of intense and emotional music, combined with theatrical and professional sound design, bring this show to life!
The beginning of the show echoes the beginning of the poem, with Dante in the woods and the first line of “The Divine Comedy” narrated over an eerie soundscape. Tension grows as a flute solo enters, while winds and percussion layer in, building to a massive dark and intense impact, as Dante approaches the gates of the underworld. The rest of the opening production develops with dark melodies and driving tempos, as Dante escapes the underworld at the conclusion of the last impact.
As Dante wakes up by the water, a beautiful and mysterious flute solo echos in the distance, and as winds and front ensemble build, a trumpet solo takes over, supported by diminished chords in the front ensemble. As Dante travels through this next phase of his journey, wind and percussion sections are featured, ending with an incredibly powerful and rhythmically based climax.
As Dante begins his ascent into the heavens, familiar chord progressions are sung by an angelic choir, with the winds layering in, building as Dante approaches the gates of heaven. Trumpets and upper woodwinds have a brilliant and triumphant feature, which builds to a huge impact as Dante walks the final steps of his journey. The battery and front ensemble transition us to our final phrase, a glorious and immense impact, accompanied by church bells and heavenly sounds, as Dante completes his journey.
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