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Phantom Score
Phantom Score infobox
The Phantom Scores Utopia (left) and Twilight (right).

Original Name

幻曲

Romanized Name

Maboroshi-kyoku

Author

Guglielmo Baldini (ギリエルモ・バルディーニ Girierumo Barudīni)

Debut

Chapter 2 (light novel 4);
Episode 10

Powers

Utopia:
It controls people’s minds.

Twilight:
It brings destruction.

User

Christabel Sistine

Status

Destroyed

Phantom Books of Musical Score, also known as Phantom Scores, are 57 scores by composer Guglielmo Baldini. Dallaglio Hayward owns the two surviving scores, although only Christabel Sistine is capable of playing them. These works appear in the Phantom Score story.

The composition named Utopia is described as a faded and old musical score. Guglielmo’s signature is seen in the corner of it.[1] In the anime, Utopia and Twilight have worn light and dark covers, respectively. The titles are written in Italian.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Guglielmo Baldini was a Milanesi composer at the end of the 18th century. Out of his 57 godlike works, only two scores have survived, falling into the hands of craftsman Dallaglio Hayward. The other compositions were lost since there was no one who could play them. The Phantom Scores are said to be impossible to reproduce and too difficult to understand, requiring high musical and technical skills. Violinist who challenged Baldini’s works died as if they received a punishment from a god.

Obtaining the Utopia and the Twilight, Dallaglio was motivated to honor the memory of his late father, whose musical automata were laugh at by musicians. Funded by Kendrick, Dallaglio developed Christabel Sistine, a machine capable of playing the violin sonatas. A pianist automaton was designed to accompany her. Kendrick also spent a fortune to build the Sistine Hall, planning to have her perform the Utopia to control the large audience during the inauguration ceremony. According to Dallaglio, it was required that Christabel should have human appearance and emotions, otherwise she wouldn’t be able to learn how to play the Phantom Scores.[1]

PowersEdit

The Phantom Scores are said to put people into a state of ecstasy. It can be addictive and affect the listeners like a narcotic substance. Utopia (理想郷 Risōkyō) is supposed to turn the audience into slaves, although this aspect is never shown in the series. Those under its spell will obey any command in order to enjoy the beautiful sonata once again. Only inside a soundproof room one can avoid its effects.

Twilight (黄昏 Tasogare), Crepuscolo in Italian, also known as Phantom Score of Destruction (破壊の幻曲 Hakai no Maboroshi-kyoku), thrusts people into fear and sorrow. The devastating sound is transmitted through walls and floors, shaking the place where the performance is presented, causing structures to vibrate and crack. This despairing Phantom Score will make a building collapse and destroy everything.[1]

  • Christabel opens the Utopia.
  • The presumable effect of the Utopia.
  • The embodiment of the Twilight, as seen in the anime.

PlotEdit

Baldini

Dalian mentions Guglielmo Baldini and his compositions.

Hugh and Dalian meet Christabel Sistine in a park, but only a few days later they learn from the owner of a used bookstore that she’s a famous violinist rumored to know how to play the impossible compositions of Guglielmo Baldini. Dalian mentions two surviving Phantom Scores and their effects on the audience. Apparently, Christabel was using them to make money. Dalian decides to search for her at the Sistine Hall.

In the inauguration day, Hugh and Dalian are restrained by one of Kendrick’s henchman in the basement of the concert hall. The manager reveals that Christabel is an automaton ordered to perform the Utopia on the stage above. Kendrick plans to control the entire kingdom and start a revolution without bloodshed. The criminals hide inside a soundproof room to avoid being affected by the Phantom Score. Dallaglio was shot after trying to stop the plan. During his last moments, the craftsman tells Hugh and Dalian how he was motivated to honor his father after obtaining Baldini’s works, explaining why he designed Christabel.

Christabel starts the opening ceremony by sending a message through her violin, telling everyone to run away. Then, instead of playing Utopia as ordered, she plays Twilight, making the building collapse. Dalian tries to recover the Phantom Scores, but Hugh drags her to safety. The automaton probably disobeyed Kendrick to express her sorrow over Dallaglio’s death. The manager and his men were the only fatalities in the catastrophe, since they couldn’t hear Christabel’s message inside the soundproof room. It seems that both compositions were destroyed along with the Sistine Hall. Christabel was the only capable of playing them anyway, however she perished from the power of the Twilight score.[1]

Trivia Edit

  • Guglielmo Baldini is a fictional composer created in the 19th century by German musicologist Hugo Riemann. His entry was exposed as a hoax in the 1980 edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, an encyclopedic dictionary of music and musicians published since 1878.[3]
  • While describing the music represented by the Twilight score, composer Yo Tsuji thanks the violinist who was part of the anime production for playing such a difficult work which ignores the characteristics of the instrument. At first, the Piece for Doll was supposed to sound like if it was created by an Italian at the end of the 18th century, reflecting Baldini's backstory. However, it was decided that it would be more important if the music was an expression of Christabel's sorrow.[4]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 2, volume 4.
  2. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 10.
  3. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. (2017, June 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:31, July 28, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_New_Grove_Dictionary_of_Music_and_Musicians&oldid=786866679
  4. Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian Suite, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian original soundtrack.

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