Here’s another song from the musical Chess today: Pity The Child. This is the song performed by Freddie Trumper, the American Chess champion, as he reflects on his difficult childhood and the lack of support from his parents.
This evening I’m off to see a local production of the musical Chess so I’m playing Mountain Duet from the musical today. This is the moment when Anatoly and Florence first realise they have feelings for each other, before they are interrupted by the return of Freddie who has been discussing terms with the media.
Today’s song is a beautiful piece from the musical Chess. It’s known simply as Lullaby, but in the US version of the show it’s sung in Hungarian as Florence is reunited with her Hungarian father. As I’ve been trying to find out a bit more about this song I’ve discovered a version of the song performed by Gemini who worked closely with Benny and Björn and performed many of their post-ABBA compositions. This version is called When I Close My Eyes Tonight. I do think it works better as the Lullaby in Chess, but it was nice to discover a new version I hadn’t heard before!
Today I’ve decided to play the instrumental from the second act of the 1984 musical Chess by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvæus and Tim Rice. The themes are reused in the Endgame of the original concept album and in other songs in the subsequent stage versions of the show. I think the melody of the last section is beautiful – the part which uses the following lyrics in Endgame:
Is there no-one in my life
who will not claim
the right to steal
my work, my name,
my success, my fame,
and my freedom?”