Previous | Next

69

The Letter (1940)


Home > Film: The Letter > Theme: Law Office > Variant: The Plea > Instance: 0:40:00


Instance
Theme name: Law Office
Variant name: The Plea
Start time: 0:40:00
End time: 0:40:33
Total duration: 0:00:33
Page #: 79
Measure #: 17
Scene: Reel 5 Part 2
Key: G - Ab - A - C
Meter: 3/4
Tempo (bpm): 88
Marking: Slowly
Instrumentation: orchestra



(click to enlarge)
Description
Description: We hear music from the law office theme as Howard explains his duties as a lawyer and his desire to be honest, but it becomes increasingly more dissonant and chromatic as he continues and Leslie grows more anxious and upset
On-screen: Howard asks Leslie to be honest
Music annotations: [m. 18] morendo; [m. 19] mp / tempo; [m. 21] accel; [m. 22] agitato (appassionato) / quite full; [m. 23] arpeggios; [m. 24] f / Lots of strings, lots of tremolo, lots of melody / lots of harps, AND - LOTS [illegible] of horse manure!!; [m. 25] His conscience is "pricking" him - driving him MAD [with an illustration of a mad face] / p / mp
Film annotations: [m. 17] But it wouldn't be your money!; [m. 18] I've always looked as an honest man!; [m. 21] Do you mean to say; [m. 23] Cruel?; [m. 31] No, I can't do what you ask!
Orchestration annotations: [m. 17] gong / 2 pianos / pedal / celli and violas; [m. 19] horns / bass; [m. 21] 2 celli + b clar; [m. 22] viol / violas + cell / piano; [m. 24] W.W. / (strong); [m. 25] trbs etc. / trb; [m. 31] add vibraph
Analysis: Markedly diatonic (in the context of the music that surrounds it), with functional progressions; in m. 25 rising chromaticism intrudes and the language turns late-Romantic, with ascending chromatic sequences and lots of yearning gestures and prolonged suspensions
Tags

9th chord | advance plot | anxious | artwork in score | chromatic sequence | conversing | hospital | lawyer | leading lady | letter | refusing | tense

Media