Lacamoire said in an interview with The Star this week that he decided that a 10-piece band, rather than a full Broadway orchestra, was what “Hamilton” was asking for.
“At first we had a pop rhythm section with a string quartet,” he recalls.
Other instruments were considered, and sometimes included in the songs. But nothing seemed right.
“That’s when I knew I was going in the right direction,” he said.
He also inserted electronic sounds in a few songs, which underline an emotion or underline the chaos or importance of a scene.
“It was the best way to express music,” he said. “Music is rooted in hip hop – there is a lot of electronics in hip hop. And there are certainly some sounds that are better reproduced by computers.
Tributes in ‘Hamilton’
Miranda let her love of hip-hop, musical theater and New York City shine through. A sample :
In the second song, “Aaron Burr, Sir,” the phrase “show time” was a nod to New York City subway breakdancers, who start their shows with this statement. And in the song “My Shot”, Burr says, “You Must Be Carefully Taught”, a line from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific”.