Settling the Score
Composer Danny Elfmanknown for scoring many Tim Burton movies and for writing
the Simpsons themeannotates his rollicking finale to Twyla Tharps
new ballet for American Ballet Theatre.
(Photo: Score published by More Pharmaceuticals (BMI))
1. The Title
This is my working title, injecting humor into a probably overambitious workits
my first ballet. Its actually called Rabbit and Rogue, Twylas pet
names for her two main male characters.
2. The Piccolo Part
There are definitely instruments fighting to be heard, especially when I have
this tiny little woodwind section. The whole structure is a competition; the
finale wraps all the movements together.
3. The Dynamics
A big, old-fashioned ending: fortissimo, then subito piano, with a slow crescendo
to the end. You never get to do it in film.
4. The French Horns
There are sixbut for me, that was, Oh my God, only six horns?
I tend to wear out brass sectionsI like to give em some cardio.
5. The Ethnic Drums
I wrote this for three African drums and a Brazilian drum used in parades called
the surdo. I had them made specially so they can be mounted on a regular stand.
6. The Digital Percussion
Prelay refers to a pre-laid track. The notation says, This may not be
played, depending on what city were in. It comes down to realityhow
many people can fit in the pit.
7. The Letter Block
Oh, you are so asking the wrong person what this means! This is something the
orchestrator put in. I believe its the pedal markings for the harpist.
8. The Huge Glissando
This is the harp players bllrrrrblbrpbrp!, all the way down and all the
way up. Theres no rhythm at all; its like going into a dream sequence.
That tiny note at the top is saying, Go ahead, honey. Take it all the way, baby.