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"Grand Finale" or "Ultimo Finale" is the two-part ending of the stage musical version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The death of Frollo by Quasimodo and the death of Esmeralda take place during this piece. Translator Michael Kunze reasoned that Esmeralda’s death would be viewed by European audiences as moving and more romantic of an ending.

The Finale starts with Frollo pronouncing Esmeralda’s sentence and Quasimodo saving her, followed by proclaiming her sanctuary. Frollo orders his solider thugs to size the cathedral. Phoebus starts railing the people of Paris to revolt against Frollo with the tune of Einmal (Someday). The scene shifts back to Quasimodo who is defending Notre Dame from Frollo and his minions as he sings the tune of Wie aus Stein (Made of Stone). After he pours the lead from Notre Dame, Quasimodo checks in on Esmeralda, who is dying. Quasimodo and Esmeralda have a moving conversation while Draußen (Out There) is played in the background. Esmeralda thanks Quasimodo for being her friend and then sings Hoch über der Welt (Top of the World) before dying.

Following Esmeralda's death, Frollo enters and sings about how he happy to be free of her to an off-balanced tune of Esmeralda. Quasimodo gets enraged and the song shifts to a new melody with the gargoyles singing with the latin choir. While Quasimodo fights with Frollo, the gargoyles and the latin choir sing that God smites the wicked, so the gargoyles, which are figments of Quasimodo’s imagination, tell him that he should kill Frollo, which he does, after a long struggle, by throwing Frollo off Notre Dame, similar to the original novel.

After this, the gargoyles sing Zuflucht (Sanctuary) and reflect how the world is both cruel and kind. Quasimodo then sings Draußen (Out There) and thinks about how he must live out there with all the pain, sorrow, and fear that world can bring. He carries Esmeralda outside and is joined by Phoebus. The ensemble then sings Einmal as Quasimodo disappears. Clopin concludes with a reprise of Die Glocken Notre Dames (The Bells of Notre Dame).

Lyrics

CHORUS
Judex crederis esse venturus
In te, Domine, speravi
Non confundar in aeternum
Salvum fac populum tuum
Judex crederis

FROLLO
The prisoner Esmeralda has been found guilty of entering the city of Paris illegally, guilty of public insubordination and guilty of the crime of witchcraft. The sentence is death!

ARCHDEACON
Let her go, Frollo! You know she has done nothing to deserve this.

FROLLO
On the contrary, good sir. But I will give her this opportunity to recant in order to save herself.

ARCHDEACON
Good. Speak, young woman. Tell him you mean no harm. Apologize for whatever it is you're accused of.

ESMERALDA
How can I apologize for something I haven’t done? Who is next? Everyone can be next, as I. One doesn’t have to be a gypsy.

FROLLO
Think of what I offered, Esmeralda.
For justice... for Paris... and for her own salvation, it is my sacred duty to send this unholy demon back to her maker.

CHORUS
Kyrie Eleison
Libera me Domine

QUASIMODO
NOOO!!!

CHORUS
Libera me Domine de morte aeterna
In die illa tremenda
Quando caeli movendi sunt
Caeli et terra
Dum verneris judicare
Saeculum per ignem
O, salutaris hostai
Quae cali pandis ostium
Bella premunt hostilia
Da robur, fer auxilium
Sit semperterna gloria
Sit semperterna gloria
Sit semperterna gloria
Gloria, gloria semper
Sanctus

QUASIMODO
Sanctuary! Sanctuary!

CHORUS
Sanctus in excelsis

FROLLO
Captain! Seize the cathedral.

SOLDIER
But sir, the laws of Sanctuary -

FROLLO
I negate the laws of sanctuary! Open these doors!

CHORUS
Mors stupibet et natura
Cum resurget creatura
Judicanti responsurra
ahhhhh
Judex ergo cum sedebit
Nul inultum remanebit

PHOEBUS
Someday
Our fight will be won then
We'll stand in the sun then
That bright afternoon
Till then
On days when the sun is gone
We'll fight on
Wish upon the moon

QUASIMODO
Come all you saints of stone
All you guardians and gargoyles
Hurl down stones into the night
Throw the ladders down and light
These vats of lead
Steaming, boiling streams of lead
Burning lead, and let the
Flames grow higher
Oh saints and monsters, show your power
Help me to send this raging shower
Raining fire
On the stones below

We've done it, Esmeralda! Beaten them back! Esmeralda... Esmeralda...

ESMERALDA
Thank you.

QUASIMODO
You are safe!

ESMERALDA
Safe? Really?

QUASIMODO
For sure...

ESMERALDA
Safe again at the top of the world
Two friends enjoying this beautiful morning
in my eyes, you are beautiful too
sharing the top of of the world.

QUASIMODO
Can stay up here... Stay up here with me, forever!

ESMERALDA
Forever? I don't think I can...

QUASIMODO
Yes!

ESMERALDA
You've been a good friend, Quasimodo.

QUASIMODO
Yes... a good friend... Esmeralda... Esmeralda... Esmeralda, wake up... wake up...

FROLLO
Is she dead?

QUASIMODO
Because of you!

FROLLO
It was my duty, you know.

QUASIMODO
Duty?

FROLLO
Horrible as it was. Having to impose the law. It gave me no pleasure. You know that, Quasimodo. You know me better than anyone, don't you?

At last we're free of Esmeralda
Now that she's gone, her poison dies with her
Now that we're done with Esmeralda
We can go on, as close as once we were
Here in our Sanctuary
Sanctuary...

QUASIMODO
No sanctuary! Shall smite the wicked!

Chorus
Dies Irae

FROLLO
Let go of me, Quasimodo!

Chorus
Dies Illa

FROLLO
Clam down, Quasimodo!

LONI
Quasimodo!

CHARLES
Turn around!

ANTOINE
Quickly!

CHORUS
Solvet saeculum in favilla
Teste David cum Sybilla

CHARLES
"The wicked shall not go unpunish-ed"

ANTOINE
"The heart of the wicked is of little worth"

LONI
"The wicked shall not go unpunish-ed"

CHORUS
Quantus tremor est futurus
Quando judex est venturus

FROLLO
You don't want to hurt me!

ANTOINE
Yes, you do.

QUASIMODO
You are a good teacher, Master Frollo. A very good teacher!

LONI
The world is cruel

ANTOINE
The world is ugly

CHARLES
But there are times
And there are people
When the world is not

GARGOYLES
And at its cruelest
It is still the only world we've got
Light and dark
Foul and fair

QUASIMODO
Out there...
Out there
Waiting there for me
Love... and fear... and heartbreak
Still we're born to be
Out there...

SOPRANO SOLO
Olim Deus accellere
Hoc saeculum splendium

CHORUS
Someday
Our fight will be won then
We'll stand in the sun then
That bright afternoon
Till then
On days when the sun is gone
Hope lives on
Wish upon the moon
Change will come
One day, someday soon

CLOPIN
Morning in Paris, a new day is here
Sing the bells of Notre Dame
Ending the tale of your poor balladeer
Sing the bells of Notre Dame
And I wish I could leave you a moral
Like a trinket you hold in your palm
But...
Here is a riddle to guess if you can
Sing the bells of Notre Dame
What makes a monster and
What makes a man?

CHORUS
Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells...

CLOPIN
Whatever their pitch
You can feel them bewitch you
The rich and the ritual knells
Of the -

ALL
Bells of Notre Dame!


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Media

Films: The Hunchback of Notre Dame | The Hunchback of Notre Dame II | Video
Television: House of Mouse | Esmeralda
Video games: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading

Disney Parks

Disney Animation Building | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Entertainment: Animazment - The Musical | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | The Golden Mickeys | The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical Adventure | The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools | World of Color
Restaurants: Clopin's Festival of Foods
Parade: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Topsy Turvy Cavalcade
Halloween: Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Show | Happy Hallowishes | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime | Villains Mix and Mingle

Characters

Original: Quasimodo | Esmerelda | Claude Frollo | Phoebus | Victor, Hugo, and Laverne | Clopin | Archdeacon | Achilles | Djali | Quasimodo's mother | Quasimodo's father | Old Prisoner | Snowball | Brutish and Oafish Guard | Frollo's soldiers
Sequel: Madellaine | Zephyr | Sarousch

Songs

Original: The Bells of Notre Dame | Out There | Topsy Turvy | Humiliation | God Help the Outcasts | The Bell Tower | Heaven's Light | Hellfire | Paris Burning | A Guy Like You | The Court of Miracles | Sanctuary | And He Shall Smite the Wicked | Into the Sunlight | Someday
Sequel: Le Jour D'Amour | An Ordinary Miracle | I'd Stick With You | Fa la la la Fallen In Love | I'm Gonna Love You
Musical: Balancing Act | Rest and Recreation | Rhythm of the Tambourine | Top of the World | Esmeralda | City Under Siege | Out of Love (Reprise) | Dance of the Gypsies | Made of Stone | Grand Finale
Deleted Songs: In a Place of Miracles | As Long As There's a Moon | Someday

Locations

Paris | Notre Dame de Paris | Palace of Justice | Court of Miracles

Other

Musical | Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy | The Making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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