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Heaven's Light/Hellfire

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My first complete choral arrangement: Heaven's Light/Hellfire, from the Disney movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Arranged for two soloists (Quasimodo and Frollo), a four-part choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone/Bass), a keyboard (with harp and organ settings), and an alto recorder (because the choir I arranged this for had one on hand).

This is a MIDI based off of the original song's notation, although I had to get creative in replacing some of the instruments (string and brass, mostly), compose the choir parts mostly from scratch, and alter some harmonies that sounded awkward without the original instruments. In any case, I'm extremely happy with the final outcome. I panned the male choir to the right and female to the left so that you can tell who's singing what. If you decide to use the arrangement, credit it under Jaymes Down. You can download the original MIDI version by copying the URL below. It's best viewed in Anvil Studio (freeware), which will display lyrics, tempo, and volume notation.

http://www.newgrounds.com /dump/download/dfb67bbb72 c6828853e51f75f9628196

Here are some macaronic lyrics, in case you're curious.

So many times out there, I've watched a happy pair
Of lovers walking in the night...
They had a kind of glow around them,
It almost looked like Heaven's light.

I knew I'd never know that warm and loving glow,
Though I might wish with all my might...
No face as hideous as my face
Was ever meant for Heaven's light.

But suddenly, an angel has smiled at me,
And kissed my cheek without a trace of fright;

I dare to dream that she might even care for me,
And as I ring these bells tonight,
My cold, dark tower seems so bright...
I swear it must be Heaven's light!

Confiteor Deo Omnipotenti, {I confess to God almighty,}
Beatae Mariae, semper Virgini, {To blessed Mary, ever virgin,}
Beato Michaeli archangelo, {To the blessed archangel Michael,}
Sanctis apostolis, omnibus sanctis, {To the holy apostles, to all the saints,}

Beata Maria, you know I am a righteous man;
Of my virtue I am justly proud.
Et tibi, Pater, {And to you, Father,}

Beata Maria, you know I'm so much purer than
The common, vulgar, weak, licentious crowd...
Quia peccavi nimis {That I have sinned}

Then tell me, Maria, why I see her dancing there;
Why her smoldering eyes still scorch my soul?
Cogitatione, {In thought,}

I feel her, I see her... the sun caught in her raven hair
Is blazing in me out of all control!
Verbo, et opere... {In word, and deed...}

Like fire, hellfire...
This fire in my skin!
This burning desire
Is turning me to sin!

It's not my fault,
Mea culpa... {Through my fault...}
I'm not to blame;
Mea culpa... {Through my fault...}
It is the gypsy girl,
The witch who set this flame!
Mea maxima culpa! {Through my most grievous fault!}

It's not my fault
Mea culpa... {Through my fault...}
If in God's plan,
Mea culpa... {Through my fault...}
He made the devil so much
Stronger than a man!
Mea maxima culpa! {Through my most grievous fault!}

Protect me, Maria! Don't let this siren cast her spell;
Don't let her fire sear my flesh and bone!

Destroy Esmeralda and let her taste the fires of Hell,
Or else let her be mine and mine alone!

Hellfire, dark fire...
Now, gypsy, it's your turn!
Choose me or your pyre;
Be mine or you will burn!

Kyrie eleison... {Lord have mercy...}
God have mercy on her...
Kyrie eleison... {Lord have mercy...}
God have mercy on me...
Kyrie eleison... {Lord have mercy...}
But she will be mine, or she will burn!


Ha, The Hunchback of Notre Dame! One of my favorite Disney films; the audio could have been a bit louder, but it's fine!

XelrogTApocalypse responds:

I recorded the MIDI as loud as I can without any distortion. The "bells" in the bridge between Heaven's Light and the priests are the loudest part of the song, which create the problem: If I record any louder, they hit the volume cap and sound skippy. Afraid the only thing one can do is turn the system volume up.

Thanks for the first review, though.

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Credits & Info


4.38 / 5.00

Oct 18, 2012
5:26 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
12 MB
5 min 13 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.