12 December 2020

"The Music of the Night"

"The Music of the Night" is sung after the Phantom lures Christine DaaƩ to his lair beneath the Opera House. He seduces Christine with "his music" of the night, his voice putting her into a type of trance. He sings of his unspoken love for her and urges her to forget the world and life she knew before. The Phantom leads Christine around his lair, eventually pulling back a curtain to reveal a mannequin dressed in a wedding gown resembling Christine. When she approaches it, it suddenly moves, causing her to faint. The Phantom then carries Christine to a bed, where he lays her down and goes on to write his music.
This video from the 2004 film version of Phantom of the Opera.  [the embedded video does play; not sure why the icon looks dead].

7 comments:

  1. "...eventually pulling back a curtain to reveal a mannequin dressed in a wedding gown resembling Christine."

    That must be an interesting wedding dress.

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  2. I didn't detect any movement in the mannequin.

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  3. Thanks for adding that gem to my morning ~

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    1. I listened to it earlier in the week and wound up retaining it as an "earworm" for days. My understanding of how to get rid of earworms is to give them to someone else. Perhaps it was you...

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  4. “Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!” - the wolves howling near dracula's castle.

    I-)

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  5. There is no one on earth, I think, who sang the part better than Colm Wilkinson (who was the first Phantom). And he was also the first Jean Valjean for "Les Miz." In fact, "Bring Him Home" was written especially for him because of his vocal abilities.

    Rather than operatic, he is sheer power. I love the 25th Anniversary of Les Miserables--especially the end, when the "Dreamcast" (the ones in the 10th anniversary) come out and sing.

    But the Dreamcast (10th Anniversary) is the one to watch. It is Colm Wilkinson in his glory--and even today, in his 70s, he sings far beyond most singers.

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