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Classically speaking, this is an ritardando, a gradual slowing of the tempo or more specifically, an allargando, which additionally implies an increasingly broader, more stately sound, followed by an accelerando a tempo, a quick return to the original tempo. There's a much more subtle variant of the same technique employed at the end of the introduction, ...


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The song actually started with a different title and completely different lyrics. When Lloyd-Webber began his relationship with Sarah Brightman he wrote a song for her titled “Married Man” with lyrics by Trevor Nunn. He later decided to rework it into Phantom. Phantom itself went through three lyricists. After his first choice turned him down... Alan Jay ...


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No, it doesn't appear that there are. All-Star has appeared in the movies Mystery Men, the Shrek series, Digimon: the Movie, and Rat Race. However none of those were really musicals, and it doesn't appear that there's a well-known musical it was ever a number in (including not in the Shrek musical). If honest-to-gawd movie musicals count, you could pick ...


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For any combination of melody and text (song, aria, etc...) there are different approaches to the composition: The lyrics can come first. Most operas are written this way and a lot of musicals (although the composer and lyricist will often sit down together work out a way to make music and lyrics fit). The melody can come first, e.g. Elgar "Pomp and ...


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Singular they is often used where the expected pronoun might be "he" or "she". From the wiki article Informal spoken English exhibits nearly universal use of the singular they. An examination by Jürgen Gerner of the British National Corpus published in 1998 found that British speakers regardless of social status, age, sex, or region used the ...


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There's a whole orchestra playing there: woodwinds, brass, strings and keyboards. All the woodwinds and the strings play a high chord on the last quarter note of that bar (the beat after "stand"). Maybe that's what you're hearing.


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Yes. You can find multiple by searching the web.


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I've bracketed all changed lyrics. Night time sharpens heightens each sensation Darkness wakes and stirs imagination (in that order, in the other version they are reversed) Silently the senses abandon their defenses [Helpless to resist the notes I write For I compose the music of the night] **OMITTED** Slowly gently night unfurls its ...


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Depending on how indulgent your teachers are, and how willing they are to stretch a point, you might argue that it was included in the movie "musical" Shrek. Ironically, while there was an actual legitimate musical created from Shrek, it did not include that song. I have to admit, I'm bemused that you're choosing for your teen-aged rebellion a song that ...


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