40 Voices Challenge #8

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Musical #1 – $30,000 Bequest

Characters: Saladin (Sally) and Electra (Aleck) from Mark
Twain‘s short story, The $30,000 Bequest.
The story is part of a collection called $30,000 Bequest and Other
Stories published in 1906.  According to Buffalo
Library
, the title story was written in 1904.  In it the author is not only playing with the
influence of money, but probing the dynamics of a marriage.

In terms of voice-work, the town the couple are from,
Lakeside, is a small rural community in the far west of the USA.  Musically, I decided to adapt the characters’
lines from Chapter 2 as this is where the couple have found out about the money
they are to inherit from Uncle Tilbury and are getting ahead of themselves in
planning how to best spend or invest it.
The energy as the characters bounce off each other was very appealing.  There are a few different tunes going on in
this piece; one is the pencil-tapping melody I call the ‘logic’ tune, but there
is also a ‘romantic’ tune, which is when the couple throw caution to the wind.

I’ll publish the lyrics in a separate post for those who are interested.

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