Music Grammar for “Kate’s Dream”
Composer: Richard Allen Harvey    Title:  The Hidden Valley

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The dream comes like a ghost in the night, haunting Kate like a premonition.



Creepy, ethereal sound going up and down the scale.

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She finds herself standing at the end of a long hallway with high, arched ceilings. Locked doors line the hallway on both sides. 



Music gives the feeling of a large room with high ceilings.

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At the end of the hallway stands a massive stained-glass window, reaching from floor to ceiling, depicting Saint George slaying the dragon.



ethereal sound going up and down the scale indicating feeling of floor to ceiling height

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Illuminated from behind by the full moon, the window casts pale light and eerie shadows along the floor, walls and ceiling.



Music gives feeling of illumination and then individual notes like eerie shadows

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Kate feels an overwhelming compulsion to move toward the window, but her body feels sluggish and numb; it moves in slow motion against some invisible resistance.



Music feels sluggish, dragging, slow motion moving through it

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As she passes each door, she hears weeping, sometimes a moan or even a scream. It is the sound of human despair,thick and suffocating. It calls to her with a sweet promise of oblivion, threatening to engulf her, to drown her in its darkness, but she resists and wades through it toward the moonlit, stained-glass window.



Music creates drama, darkness, luring her to the window.

Sound effects of a moan, a screen

Sound effect of creepy voice calling to her.

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As she moves past each door, the sounds merge into a cacophonous echo, reverberating louder and louder until the whole hall is filled with it.  She covers her ears with her hands to shut it out.



Music steps lower and lower, giving the feeling of despair weight down upon her.

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When she reaches the stained-glass window, her trembling hands reach out and touch the cool glass panes.

She looks up at the face of St. George. His face betrays a fierce pleasure of conquest, not a saintly expression. His magnificent white horse tramples the dragon while his lance, Ashkalon, morally wounds it. Kate looks at the dying dragon and feels overwhelming pity for it. Her eyes sting with tears.



Pulsing beat creates urgency and the music going up and down create a sense of trembling

Music is building in urgency and intensity, malice and violence.

Music goes up and down, up and down, to show dragon is dying.

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With its dying breath, the dragon’s front claw falls open and reveals a golden key.  Its alluring radiance calls to her like a siren, beckoning her to sell all she owns--even her very soul--to possess it.



Music is in a holding pattern, building to the horns and music going up and more and more majestic to the blare on “possess it.”

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When she takes the key from the dragon’s claw, all of the voices in the hallway fall silent.  The asylum inmates listen.  She can hear them . . . breathing . . . listening.  She can feel their anticipation.  Which doors will the key open?  Who will be freed?



Music changes to a driving sense of anticipation and growing urgency.

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The air is thick with fear and hope.  She turns to her left and tries the key in the first door. It does not unlock.  She goes to the opposite door, but it does not fit in the key hole. She goes to the next door, and the next, zigzagging across the hall, feeling more and more frantic as each lock resists the key. It opens none of them.



Music adds choral voice element, creates both a hopeful but futile feeling that builds.

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Betrayed and defeated, she sinks to her knees.  Despair and hopelessness flood her mind; she gives into its darkness. She is as much a prisoner outside the doors as the inmates are behind them.

She cannot help them. She cannot help herself. The pity and self-pity rage inside of her. The sobs come unexpectedly. She feels lost and alone with no hope of rescue. A dark madness invades her soul as the inmates’ maniacal laughter grow louder and louder. She clutches at the cross around her neck.



Music gives feeling of sinking to knees. Music creates feeling that she is giving into the despair and darkness.

Strings create emotional tension. Music goes up and down creating sense of conflicting emotions. Music evokes feeling of madness. Music winds down as she clutches at the cross around her neck.

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And then she hears music.  It is faint at first, like a distant memory.  The sound is unbearably sweet.  She wipes the tears from her face and stands, straining to hear it.



Music changes to softer, more hopeful feeling.

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She moves back down the hallway toward the stained-glass window, listening at each door; it comes from none of them. She follows the music to a large iron door to the right of the stained-glass window.  The door creaks open and leads to a winding stairway that leads up to a tower.  Her boots clang on the iron steps as she ascends the staircase. The climb is hard, and her breath comes in gasps as she reaches the top.  A thick, wooden door blocks the way.



Woman’s voice is like a siren, beckoning her down the hall. Feeling is ethereal, almost heavenly.

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She leans her forehead against the door and strains to hear the music.  She needs that sweet sound more than air. She remembers the key in her hand and puts it into the lock.



Music lowers and creates a deep, yearning feeling.

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She turns the key, and the lock releases with a click.
The door swings open, and she sees a man in black clothing looking out of the tower window.



Music goes up and creates anticipation and wonder.

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The music comes from him, from the violin in his arms.  The music is so sublime that her soul feels nourished by it; she drinks in every note as if it were the water of life.



The woman’s voice comes again as the violin music

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And then the music stops. He senses her presence and begins to turn toward her.

Before she can see his face, she awakens from her dream. The asylum, the man and his music remain a mystery.



Music goes up scale and builds anticipation, like something magical is about to happen.

Music levels out and creates sense of sadness and mystery.

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