Into The Darkness

Part 1 - Sweeney Todd - Sondheim
Part 2
Part 3

Stephen Vaughan and Manny Maldonado; Winds and Percussion arranged by Manuel J. "Manny" Maldonado
Grade 4

Into the Darkness is a show based on the music of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

The work starts out with a big, block "organ" sound that is dissonant like the original Broadway musical. Elements of the musical along with the main theme from the recent movie permeate throughout the first movement.

In the second movement, Fantasia helps to paint a dark, foreboding picture. The melodies lend itself to many visual ideas for guard designers.

The third movement, an original compilation by Manny Maldonado, ties all the musical elements together as the main motives turn to a major key, depicting a glimmer of light for the future.

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