Dramatic Vocalise Database

Jones, Trevor (b. 1949)

Excalibur (1981)

Use of wordless chorus to signify the religious, numinous, or supernatural.



Merlin Casts A Spell

[0:09:52–0:10:35] Reminds me of Weber’s “Wolf’s Glen” from Der Freischütz.

Merlin’s Spell In Effect


False Love and Merlin’s Spell Consummated


The Boy As King

[0:30:55–0:31:13] Shortly after Arthur draws the sword from the stone [accompanied by music from Wagner’s Siegfried (1876)] the scene suddenly breaks into chaos with Arthur chasing after Merlin.

Perceval’s Vision of the Grail


Perceval’s False Calling