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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Lacework
Start time: 0:04:55
End time: 0:05:14
Total duration: 0:00:19
Page #: 17
Measure #: 7
Scene: Reel 1 Part 4
Key: e - eb
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 58
Marking: Molto expressivo
Instrumentation: strings
Solo Instrument: cello



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Description
Description: Leslie's theme played by solo cello over a delicate oscillating triplet gesture in the strings (representing the delicate lacework)
On-screen: Worker picks up Leslie's lacework
Music annotations: [m. 7] poco accel; [m. 8] mf / rubato / molto expressivo; [m. 9] rall; [m. 10] quasi appassionato / pp / mf / mp; [m 11] sf
Film annotations: [m. 8] Holds thread
Orchestration annotations: [m. 7] 4 violins divisi + celeste / vibraphone; [m. 8] solo 1 viola / cue in 1 cello; [m. 10] vibra / 2 celli / 4 violas / 8 viol sul G (molto expressivo) / horn fuller / 3 celli double stops / bass
Analysis: The melody oscillates here between scale degrees 2 and 1 in e minor, then 5 and 4 in eb minor; ends with a unexpected dissonant leap up a major ninth
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