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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme names: Leslie + Deception
Variant names: Leslie (Rising) + Deception
Start time: 0:13:28
End time: 0:14:07
Total duration: 0:00:39
Page #: 25
Measure #: 18
Scene: Reel 2 Part 1
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 92
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Dramatic variant of the Leslie theme, rising by half steps and combined with a descending chromatic gesture that is later identified as the "Deception" theme, indicating that Leslie is lying here; it gets progressively more desperate and emotional until Leslie collapses on the couch
On-screen: Leslie continues her story
Music annotations: [m. 19] crescendo e accel; [m. 20] simile; [m. 22] sf; [m. 23] sempre accel; [m. 25] expressivo; [m. 26] adagio / pp; [m. 28] mp / pp / (Frank tune down) / Hugo! By the way, this is the 1st timp cue in this sequence
Film annotations: [m. 26] Oh, I can't go on!
Orchestration annotations: [m. 18] 6 violins + 2 oboes / 6 violins cont / 2 flutes / vibraph / 1 clar / 1st piano + harp (celeste) + 2nd clar + 2 bassoons + 2 violas + 2 violas + 1 cello (senza) / 3 cello sordi / arco basses / piano (let it ring) / 1 trb (hat); [m. 20] add 1 horn muted; [m. 22] str + W.W. / W.W. + piano / cello / horn + cello cont / vibraphone / 2 trpts (sharp mutes + felts); [m. 25] 3 horns; [m. 26] harps / felts / 3 trbs / basses / tuba / gong; [m. 28] cello + bassons / timp roll
Analysis: Parallel chromatic augmented triads in the accompaniment, combined with the ascending minor second sequences, create constant tension
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advance plot | augmented triad | chromatic parallelism | combination of themes | crying | dramatic | emotional | home | leading lady | oscillation | ostinato | passionate | pc set | recounting | sequence

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