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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Denial
Start time: 0:35:39
End time: 0:36:08
Total duration: 0:00:29
Page #: 66
Measure #: 34
Scene: Reel 5
Key: unstable - c
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 66
Marking: Slowly
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Leslie denies writing the letter very strongly, which creates a long moment of uncertainty, followed by a dark, slow descending scale in the low strings as her words settle in Howard's mind - he realizes that she is going to deny something he knows is true; the music reflects Leslie's decision to deny the letter and resign herself to the situation (with emotions now settling)
On-screen: Leslie denies writing the letter
Music annotations: [m. 34] mf / pp; [m. 35] pp / ppp (a shimmer) / p; [m. 36] morendo / adagio / molto rit; [m. 37] p / pp; [m. 38] cresc
Film annotations: [m. 36] Well, if you've nothing to say
Orchestration annotations: [m. 35] str ponticelli divisi / cel + 1 piano / 1 fl no trill / basses / celli + bassoons / b cl; [m. 37] vibra + piano pedal / timp
Analysis: Parallel augmented triads settle into a dark c minor
Tags

augmented triad | chromatic parallelism | deception | lawyer | leading lady | letter | lying | pivotal scene | prison | tense

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