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The Letter (1940)


Home > Film: The Letter > Theme: Leslie > Variant: Confession > Instance: 1:16:36


Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Confession
Start time: 1:16:36
End time: 1:17:35
Total duration: 0:00:59
Page #: 125
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 10 Part 1
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 60
Marking: Molto Modto
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: An ominous tritone repeats in the lower instruments as Howard realizes the importance of the letter; then, over the repeating tritone gesture we hear a very slow version of the Leslie theme played by a solo oboe
On-screen: Leslie confesses to Robert
Music annotations: [m. 1] I like that "lousy" sound in that register!! [referring to the 4 horns] / pp; [m. 3] mp; [m. 7] mp / sf / p; [m. 9] simile; [m. 11] simile / mp
Film annotations: [m. 1] Cue: XXX; [m. 3] No!; [m. 7] It was horrible; [m. 10] He buries head in hands
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] 4 horns (muted) / 2 harps / timps + gong / 1st piano (pedal down) / 2nd piano (pedal down) / celli / basses; [m. 4] horns / harps / T. + G. / 1st P / 2nd P. / C. + B.; [m. 5] add 1 bassoon / add b clar ; [m. 7] 1st clar (subtone) / alto fl / 1st flte + E.H. / 3 horns (muted) and 3 violas tremolo sord / add 1 trombone (felt) / 4th horn open / 1 bassoon / b cl / 2nd bassoon and 3rd trb / 2 pianos (simile) / simile celli basses + 2 harps (continued) / gong / add tubas / timp
Analysis: Half-diminished sonorities over a tritone ostinato
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confessing | conflict | dark | half-diminished 7th chord | home | husband | lawyer | leading lady | letter | ostinato | recounting | sequence | serious | tritone | tritone oscillation

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