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re: Exactly... but is the Witch the one truth-teller of this fairy tale?
Posted by: Chromolume 12:47 pm EDT 03/31/21
In reply to: Exactly... but is the Witch the one truth-teller of this fairy tale? - GrumpyMorningBoy 08:27 am EDT 03/31/21

Also, a question I posed to a student working on this song the other day - as the Witch is now blaming everyone else for the mess they're all in, is she totally evading the fact that she also played a big part in all of it? What is she covering/hiding?

I'm not sure I feel that the point of the moment is whether or not the Witch is the "one truth teller" or "the lesson we should be telling our children" - but in fact, we should be reminded that the Witch is just as fallible as everyone else here. To me it really should be a rather frightening song, as it seems in her own avoidance of her own guilt, she's trying to bring across the end of the world all by herself.

One of my favorite moments in the score, btw, is the "You're so nice" section - the brilliant creepiness of the orchestration (the "weird" clarinet passages, the tremolo strings, the hollowness of the horn lines that echo the vocals, etc). To me it should be one of the dark moments in the whole show. For all the Witch's protestations in Act II, she's done absolutely nothing to help the situation, and indeed, now she just blames everyone and gets out. To me that has to be a very stark and ugly moment. The problem is that the song itself wants to be more of a big showpiece instead of a scary "epiphany" (a la Sweeney?). I want to be exhausted and taken aback by the song at its end, not "entertained." But that's tricky.
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