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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Despair
Start time: 0:40:33
End time: 0:40:57
Total duration: 0:00:24
Page #: 80
Measure #: 32
Scene: Reel 5 Part 2
Key: unstable - f#
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 72
Marking: Slowly
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Lonesome statement of Leslie's theme in low strings; various recurrences using different instrumentation (high winds, full strings, brass)
On-screen: Leslie despairs
Music annotations: [m. 32] a tempo; [m. 34] Hugo! She's acting! She wants to "chisel" the lawyer in to "saving her" / (if you think this W. wind idea too "cute!?" (cue in the violins and give the g# to someone else)); [m. 37] riten
Film annotations: [m. 34] Throws herself on bed
Orchestration annotations: [m. 32] celli soli + bassoons (and harp); [m. 33] 2 harps (big); [m. 34] viol continue / all W.W. / one piccolo; [m. 35] all viol / celli / 1 harp gliss; [m. 36] divisi + W.W. / vibraph + fl / viola / horns / timp; [m. 37] 2 horns + celli
Analysis: Oscillating fragments that do not clearly resolve, often over a dissonant bass
Tags

advance plot | anxious | changing meter | conversing | despair | dissonant bass | hospital | lawyer | leading lady | letter | oscillation | sequence | tense

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