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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Distress
Start time: 1:15:08
End time: 1:15:28
Total duration: 0:00:20
Page #: 124B
Measure #: 11
Scene: Reel 9 Part 2
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 92
Marking: Con moto
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: The music builds to a big crescendo followed by a timpani hit and roll to emphasize Howard's statement that he committed a criminal act; called "Distress" in the cue sheet
On-screen: Robert confronts the lawyer
Music annotations: [m. 11] p; [m. 13] sf; [m. 16] sord off
Film annotations: [m. 11] Three shot; [m. 12] Buying that letter; [m. 15] It was a criminal offense; [m. 16] Yes, it was!
Orchestration annotations: [m. 11] violins continued / clar oboes flutes + vibraph / horns / bassoons / violas tremolo / celli continued / gong / gong / timp / basses / 1 trb (hat) / pianos; [m. 13] W.W. / horns / cl / celli / gong / violas / timp / basses etc.; [m. 14] trb in hats / timp; [m. 15] add pianos / 2 trpts / (felts) / add violas / timp; [m. 16] timp
Analysis: Harmonized with dissonant sonorities -- a 9th chord, a diminished seventh over a dissonant bass, and a major seventh with a flat 5
Tags

9th chord | arguing | conflict | dissonant bass | distress | home | husband | lawyer | leading lady | tense

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