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FULL SCORE IN C

Composed for the Soundstream Collective Ensemble

The King in Yellow

Three pieces for six Instruments

Based

on the Psychological Horror stories of Robert W. Chambers

2012

Duration: approx. 10 minutes

Melody Eötvös

+1 (812) 369-6993 melodyeotvos.com.au eotvospublishing@gmail.com

The King in Yellow

I

The Yellow Sign

II

The Mask

III

Court of the Dragon

This work is based on three stories from the psychological horror (pre-Lovecraft/Kafka) book by Robert W. Chambers called “The King in Yellow”. The stories all together allude to a fictional play (that is, fictional within the fictional setting) which, when read in its entirety, eventually sends the reader mad (followed by death, disappearance, or change). Below is an excerpt from each story:

I - The Yellow Sign Along the shore the cloud waves break, The twin suns sink behind the lake, The shadows lengthen In Carcosa. Strange is the night where black stars rise, And strange moons circle through the skies, But stranger still is Lost Carcosa. Songs that the Hyades shall sing, Where flap the tatters of the King, Must die unheard in Dim Carcosa. Song of my soul, my voice is dead, Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed Shall dry and die in Lost Carcosa.

II - The Mask CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask. STRANGER: Indeed? CAMILLA: Indeed it’s time. We all have laid aside disguise but you. STRANGER: I wear no mask. CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask? Act 1. Scene 2.

III - Court of the Dragon The people faded away, the arches, the vaulted roof vanished. I raised my seared eyes to a fathomless glare, and I saw the black stars hanging in the heavens: and the wet winds from the Lake of Hali chilled my face. And now, far away, over leagues of tossing cloud-waves, I saw the moon dripping with spray; and beyond, the towers of Carcosa rose behind the moon.

INSTRUMENTATION:

(Full score in C)

Flute/Piccolo

Bass/Bflat Clarinet

Percussion*

Piano

Violin

Violoncello

*Percussion:

Glockenspiel Vibraphone Triangle Temple Blocks (5) Bass Drum Tam-tam (any size available, but preferably Large) Large suspended cymbal

FULL SCORE IN C

Composed for the Soundstream Collective Ensemble

The King in Yellow

for chamber ensemble

Piccolo

Clarinet in B b

Percussion

Piano

Violin

Violoncello

I - The Yellow Sign

q = 92

Melody Eötvös (2012)

              
  
 
  
 
      
 
  
  
  
 
 
  
 
  
5
5
5
5
5
5 5
p
 
 
 
  
  
 
 
  
  
  
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
p
Glockenspiel
sempre l.v.

 

 
p
 
 
  

Picc.

Cl.

Glock.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

3              
3
  
5
 
 
 
  
  
5
 
  
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
5
5
5
5
5
p
mf
ff
 
 
 
 
5
  
  
  
5
 

 

 


5
5
5
5
5
p
ff
mf

 
 

mp
3
3
 
f
p
3
3
 
 
f
p

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2

- The King in Yellow -

Picc.

Cl.

Glock.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

Picc.

Cl.

T. Bl.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

 5  A  5         
5
A
5
  
 
5
  
 
mp
ff
p ff
5
5


 
 
mp
Temple Blocks
p
To T. Bl.


  
  
 

 
 
ff
mp
f
555
ppp
mf
3
3
33
 
f
p
mp
ff
   
 
 
       
  
  
  
 
5
5
5
5
mf
pp
3
3
3
3
      
     
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
5
5
5
5
f
p
f
pp
mf
 
  
 
7
 
 

 
   
  
5
5
5
5
5
p
f
mp
pp
ff
5
 
 


   
 
5
5
mf
5
p
Glockenspiel
To Temple. Bl.

  
  
  
 
 
5
5
55
ppp
f
mf
p

 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
 

  
 
 
 
5
5
5
5
pp
5
5
5
ff
mf
p
    
  
5
   
    
 
  
 
   
 
 
     
  
 


 
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
mf
5
pp
p
ff
mf
p

- The King in Yellow -

9

Picc.

B. Cl.

Vib.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

Picc.

B. Cl.

Vib.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

II - The Mask

q = 84

35              
35
  
   

 
  
p
3
Bass Clarinet
in B b
mf
Bass Drum

Tam-tam
pp
p
 

  
  
 
  
 
   
 
3
3
3
mp
pp
      
 
 
 
 

3
3
3
 
 
 
 
 
pp
p
f
p
37      To Fl.       
37
   
To Fl.

  
   
3
ppp
p
pp mf
mf
 
f
p
B.D.
 
 
T-t.
mp

   
       
      
3
3
3
3
3
mp
pp
pp
mp
 
    
  


3
3

 
  
 
 
 
 p
p
  

ppp

10

Picc.

B. Cl.

Vib.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

Picc.

B. Cl.

Vib.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

- The King in Yellow - 39        
- The King in Yellow -
39

To Cl.
 
ppp
always pedal
Vibraphone
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
p
mf
mp
  
   
3
pp mp
mf
mf
 
   
 
mp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 p
 p
mp
arco
pizz
   
 f f pp F q = 72 43      
f
f pp
F
q = 72
43


  
 
 
 
 
 
  
3
3
p
mf
mp
mp
  
   
    
   
 
       
3
3
p
6
f
p
f
mp
f pp
   
 

3
3
f
p
f


  
 
ppp

20

Picc.

Cl.

Tri.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

Picc.

Cl.

Tri.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

- The King in Yellow -

III - Court of the Dragon

q =80

81  Piccolo      heavy      
81
 Piccolo

heavy
 
   
  
p
f
p
f
p
ff
Triangle


mp
mf
p
 
 
 
mp

heavy
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
p
f
p
f
p
ff
         85     

  
85
 
 
3
3
mf
p
mf
p
mf
 
 
 
mp
f
mp
f
 
 
mp
3
mp
mf
mf
  
 
p
mf
mp
p
f
mp
f
 
 
 
mp
f
mp
f

Picc.

Cl.

Tri.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

Fl.

Cl.

Tri.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

- The King in Yellow - 21        
- The King in Yellow -
21
   
87
 
 
 
   
  
 
To Fl.
  
3
3
3
sub. mp
sub.
3
p
p
f
f
ppp
 
 
fp
 
  
 
 
 
3
p
mf
p
mp
 
 
 

p
mf
p
f
 
mp
fp
f
  
  
 
  
mp
fp
f
K q =84 With more movement 89    Flute    
K
q =84 With more movement
89
 
Flute
   
 
   
3
3
fp
f
 
f
pp

 
 
 
mp
p
mf
p
 3
 
 
 
    
 
f
p
f
mp
f

Fl.

Cl.

Vib.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

Picc.

Cl.

Vib.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

- The King in Yellow - 27 112 Piccolo      
- The King in Yellow -
27
112
Piccolo
   
   
  
3
f
p
 
    
 

pp
ff
p
 
  
   
mf
 
 
  
 
 
f
mf
p
ff
p
 
 
   
 
  
 
 
f
p
p
 
114
 
    
3
mp
f
fff
mp
f
p
f
 
  
3
ff
mp
f
p
f


 

 
 
f
 
p
f
mp
f
ff
3
 
 
 
 
  
mp
f
ff
mp
f
  
  
ff
mp
f
p
f
gliss.
28 - The King in Yellow - molto rit. q = 84   
28
- The King in Yellow -
molto rit.
q = 84
 
116
 
  
 
Picc.
3
3
3
mp
pp
p
ff
3
 
  
Cl.
3
3
mp
pp
ff
p
To T.-t.
3
3
Vib.
 
    
pp
ff
 
 
  
      
  

 
3
3
3
Pno.
mp
ff
pp
3
  
3
  
3
 

 
 
  
 
Vln.
3
3
3
mp
pp
ff
p
3
3
3
Vc.
  
  

Picc.

Cl.

Vib.

Pno.

Vln.

Vc.

mp pp ff O q = 110 A tempo  118    
mp
pp
ff
O
q = 110
A tempo
118
  

 
 
 
3
fp
ff
ff

ff
 
    
 
  
p
f
mp
ff
3
 
 
 
 

ff
 
 
  
ff
fp
ff