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re: Glad Hal Prince isn't here to see this
Posted by: ravnquest1 09:59 am EDT 04/13/21
In reply to: re: Glad Hal Prince isn't here to see this - DistantDrumming 09:07 am EDT 04/13/21

No, the original click track was only the Organ, drum machine and synth. It runs throughout the Overture and title song (which also has electric guitar). For the Overture, which is approximately 2:12, the first 1:15 is track only, and the rest is track plus the full pit. The pit starts playing when the chandelier stops moving. In the Prologue/Auction scene, the first music you hear is the Music Box playing 'Masquerade", which I always assumed was played live on a synth, but I guess maybe not. There is also live synth under Raoul's "A collector's piece, indeed" and all of the Auctioneer's final bit of the monologue "Lot 666, A chandelier in pieces...".

Beginning in 2006-8 in London, the original 1986 click tracks for the Overture and Title Song were replaced worldwide with louder, more retro versions and more of the instrumentation was pre-recorded. This, in conjunction with sound redesign/equipment replacement, made those two parts much louder than they were previously, which is unfortunate. With these two big sections newly enhanced, the newer tours and replica Prince productions could use a smaller live orchestra, from the original 29+conductor (reduced to 27 a few years into the Broadway run) down to 12-14 with most of the live brass cut. If the Broadway pit is unchanged post-COVID, it will be the last place to hear the original orchestration (albeit drowning in reverb to the point of sounding pre-recorded).
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