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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)


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Instance
Theme name: Molto Agitato
Start time: 1:29:57
End time: 1:30:11
Total duration: 0:00:14
Page #: 85
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 9 Part 1
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 144
Marking: Molto agitato
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: There is a mickey-mousing effect as the rope comes down over Mortimer, with descending glissandos in the xylophone and piano and harp; dramatic music as they bind and gag Mortimer
On-screen: Jonathan ties Mortimer to a chair
Music annotations: [m. 1] Cue: X X X / molto agitato / f / sfz-p / sfz; [m. 3] chromatic; [m. 6] morendo / molto rit / etc; [m. 7] dim / pp
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] xylophone gliss / harp + piano gliss / 2nd harp / tremolo and W.W. / str pizz / 2nd piano (let it ring) / W.W. + 2 sopr saxes [illegible]
Analysis: Begins with a few quick "panic" gestures, followed by rising and falling diminished 7th chords
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9th chord | brother | captive | chromatic parallelism | conflict | crazy person | diminished 7th chord | doctor | dramatic | fear | gagging | leading man | mickey-mousing | murderer | room | stinger | tying | victim

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