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 Posted: Mon Dec 14th, 2009 12:58 am
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RTurco
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Mana: 
Hey guys, it's been while since I've been on here.

Anyway, I've got an important question on hand. So I recently finished my first full-length. I think it's in its best shape for a competition in January, but I've recently come up with a new additon. I've added a riveting classical piece (the "Dies Irae" from Verdi's Requiem) to accompany the few moments leading up to the climax. I guess my question is this: am I overstepping the boundaries of some other person to be involved in the theatrical process by including a short, specific musical piece?

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 Posted: Mon Dec 14th, 2009 01:58 pm
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Mana: 
Not at all. It’s your play, create it how you want it. Now, if somewhere down the line it gets produced and you end up wrestling with the director over the inclusion of the music, or that particular piece of music, then that’s a battle you can fight when you get to it. In the meantime, you call all the shots.
 

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 Posted: Tue Dec 15th, 2009 05:26 pm
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Mana: 
First, Congratulations on finishing your first Full-Length play! That is a big step.

The only questions I would ask myself would be along these lines: "Is it absolutely necessary?" and "What value will it add?"

"Have you used other specific music throughout the piece, or is this the first and only time?" If this is the first time, one might wonder "Why is it necessary now?"

"Is the play at this climactic moment just as climactic without the music?"

My answer to the last would be would be, "One would hope it was." Personally, in general, I don't think the tone of a play or a moment within a play must be set by the music. Doesn't mean it can not happen, but it depends on the kind of play one is writing.

But it is your call. It is not going to kill a good play by adding it. And the music you have chosen is very well-known, so it would depend on what the reader thinks of that particular music at that time in the play! But, I assure you, adding it will not make or break your play.

I think you are safe either way.


Let us know what you decide.

Best,

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 Posted: Tue Dec 15th, 2009 08:25 pm
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Mana: 
I'll probably leave it in for now. But when it comes time for collaboration, I'll consult with the various directors to get their opinions. Thanks guys!

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