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Grand Finale
from the musical '
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Stephen Schwartz
Performer(s)
Length
Albums
Preceded by
Followed by
Judyweiss
Esmerelda Death
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Curtain Call
Grand Finale or Ultimo Finale is the ending to Der Glöckner von Notre Dame and occurs in two parts. The Finale is where the two most famous differences occurs; The death of Frollo by Quasimodo and the death of Esmeralda. Apparently the translator Michael Kunze campaigned to have Esmeralda die which makes it more like the book, though her death is by a different method. Kunze’s reasoning for this is that Esmeralda’s death would be viewed by European audiences as moving and more romantic of an ending. The Final starts with Frollo pronouncing Esmeralda’s sentence then it goes into “song” portion. I use the word song in quotes because the Finale is a melody piece as it uses songs from throughout the show with one exception. So it starts pretty much the same as the movie with Sanctuary playing complete with Latin lyrics as Esmerlada starts being burned and Quasimodo saves her and proclaiming sanctuary. Then Phoebus starts railing the people of Paris with the tune of Someday. Then the scene shifts back to Quasimodo who is defending Notre Dame from Frollo and his minions as he sings the tune of Made of Stone. After he pours the led from Notre Dame Quasimodo checks in on Esmeralda who is dying. My guess is she dying of asphyxia which is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen in body that arises from being unable to breathe normally. In her case this occurred from the fire. Anyway Quasimodo and Esmeralda have little conversation while Out There is played in the background. Esmeralda thanks Quasimodo for being her friend and then sings Hoch über der Welt (High above the World) and then the conversation continues for a couple more lines and then she dies. After she dies Frollo comes in and sings about how he happy to be free of her to the tune of Esmeralda but he sings this in a creepy, off balanced way. Quasimodo gets mad and the song shifts to a new melody with gargoyle singing with the latin choir. The gargoyles basically sing that God strikes the wicked, so the gargoyles, or aspects of Quasimodo’s own mind are telling him that he should kill Frollo, which he does by throwing Frollo off of Notre Dame, like in the book. I will point out that Quasimodo in the book does this in a fit of rage and here it’s a little more pre-mediated. After this the gargoyles sing Sanctuary about how the world is both cruel and kind. Quasimodo then sings Out There and sings about how he must live out there with all the pain, sorrow and fear that world can bring. He then carries Esmeralda outside and is joined by Phoebus. The ensemble then sing Someday with as Quasimodo disappears. Then Clopin in his narrator role sings The Bells of Notre Dame and it’s pretty akin to the reprise at the end of the of the movie.

LyricsEdit

FROLLO:
The prisoner Esmeralda has been found guilty of entering the city of Paris illegally, guilty of public insubordination and guilty of the crime of witchcraft. The sentence is death!

ARCHDEACON:
Let her go, Frollo! You know she has done nothing to deserve this.

FROLLO:
On the contrary, good sir. But I will give her this opportunity to recant in order to save herself.

ARCHDEACON:
Good. Speak, young woman. Tell him you mean no harm. Apologize for whatever it is you're accused of.

FROLLO:
Think of what I offered, Esmeralda.
For justice... for Paris... and for her own salvation, it is my sacred duty to send this unholy demon back to her maker.

QUASIMODO:
Sanctuary! Sanctuary!

FROLLO:
Captain! Seize the cathedral.

SOLDIER:
But sir, the laws of Sanctuary -

FROLLO:
I negate the laws of sanctuary! Open these doors!

PHOEBUS:
Someday
Our fight will be won then
We'll stand in the sun then
That bright afternoon
Till then
On days when the sun is gone
Hope lives on
Wish upon the moon

QUASIMODO:
Come all you saints of stone
All you guardians and gargoyles
Hurl down stones into the night
Throw the ladders down and light
These vats of lead
Steaming, boiling streams of lead
Burning lead, and let the
Flames grow higher
Oh saints and monsters, show your power
Help me to send this raging shower
Raining fire
On the stones below
We've done it, Esmeralda! Beaten them back! Esmeralda... Esmeralda...

ESMERALDA:
Thank you.

QUASIMODO:
You are safe.

ESMERALDA:
Safe...do you really think so?

QUASIMODO:
Yes

ESMERALDA:
Safe again at the top of the world
two friend's enjoying this beautiful morning.
In my eyes, you are beautiful too
sharing the top of the world.

QUASIMODO:
Can stay inside here forever.

ESMERALDA:
Forever? I don't think...

QUASIMODO:
Yes.

ESMERALDA:
You've been such a good friend, Quasimodo.

QUASIMODO:
Your friend. Esmeralda... Esmeralda... Esmeralda, wake up... wake up...

FROLLO:
Is she dead?

QUASIMODO:
Because of you!

FROLLO:
It was my duty, you know.

QUASIMODO:
Duty?

FROLLO:
Horrible as it was. Having to impose the law. It gave me no pleasure. You know that, Quasimodo. You know me better than anyone, don't you?
At last we're free of Esmeralda
Now that she's gone, her poison dies with her
Now that we're done with Esmeralda
We can go on, as close as once we were
Here in our Sanctuary
Sanctuary...

QUASIMODO:
No sanctuary! You said...

FROLLO:
Let go of me, Quasimodo! Calm down, Quasimodo!

LONI:
Quasimodo!

ANTOINE:
Turn around!

CHARLES:
Quickly!

ANTOINE:
"The wicked shall not go unpunish-ed"

CHARLES:
"The heart of the wicked is of little worth"

LONI:
"The wicked shall not go unpunish-ed"

FROLLO:
You don't want to hurt me!

ANTOINE:
Yes, you do.

QUASIMODO:
You are a good teacher, Master Frollo. A very good teacher!

LONI:
The world is cruel

ANTOINE:
The world is ugly

CHARLES:
But there are times
And there are people
When the world is not

GARGOYLES:
And at it's cruelest
It is still the only world we've got
Light and dark
Foul and fair

QUASIMODO:
Out there...
Out there
Waiting there for me
Love... and fear... and heartbreak
Still we're born to be
Out there...

CHORUS:
Someday
Our fight will be won then
We'll stand in the sun then
That bright afternoon
Till then
On days when the sun is gone
Hope lives on
Wish upon the moon
Change will come
One day, someday soon

CLOPIN:
Morning in Paris, a new day is here
Sing the bells of Notre Dame
Ending the tale of your poor balladeer
Sing the bells of Notre Dame
And I wish I could leave you a moral
Like a trinket you hold in your palm
But...
Here is a riddle to guess if you can
Sing the bells of Notre Dame
What makes a monster and
What makes a man?

CHORUS:
Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells...

CLOPIN:
Whatever their pitch
You can feel them bewitch you
The rich and the ritual knells
Of the -

ALL:
Bells of Notre Dame!

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