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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Chinese Quarter
Start time: 0:54:15
End time: 0:55:14
Total duration: 0:00:59
Page #: 103
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 7 Part 2
Key: e pentatonic - a pentatonic - d
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 92
Marking: Quasi marci
Instrumentation: special group



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Description
Description: Chinese-style music is used to establish the setting of the Chinese quarter of town; pentatonic melodies, even rhythms, strumming gestures, repeating melodic gestures, and pedal tones; instrumentation includes plucked strings and soft ringing bells
On-screen: The car enters the Chinese Quarter
Music annotations: [m. 2] tutti / f; [m. 4] Hugo! Do this a la 'Marco Polo" (as long as it sounds "Chinese" I am satisfied!); [m. 9] 8va; [m. 10] gong; [m. 13] loco; [m. 21] dim / ppp
Film annotations: [m. 1] Cue: XXX / Car drives off; [m. 2] Chinatown; [m. 14] Interior of car; [m. 21] Car stops / Into dialogue
Orchestration annotations: [m. 2] one piano / 2 harps / 2 pianos / celeste / marimba / xyla / bells etc. / small gong; [m. 3] fl / cl / 2 hns / obs / 2 hns / dr. rythm (authentic); [m. 9] gong; [m. 10] gong; [m. 19] gong
Analysis: The melodic material is played in parallel fifths in a pentatonic scale
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antagonist | Chinatown | Chinese | Chinese | driving | exotic | exoticism | lawyer | leading lady | open fifth | parallel fifths | parallelism | pentatonic | setting | transition

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