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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Mysterioissimo
Start time: 0:04:42
End time: 0:04:55
Total duration: 0:00:13
Page #: 16
Measure #: 4
Scene: Reel 1 Part 4
Key: d - e
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 54
Marking: Mysterioissimo
Instrumentation: strings



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Description
Description: Leslie's theme starts precisely when the lights turn on in her room, played on celesta and high strings (evoking light and shadows with alternating high and low instruments)
On-screen: A shadow appears
Music annotations: [m. 4] slow / pp
Film annotations: [m. 4] Shadow; [m. 5] He takes two steps; [m. 6] He holds up lace
Orchestration annotations: [m. 4] celeste / harp / piano / marimba + vibraph (high register); [m. 5] 2 horns muted / (1 piano pedal) / gong / 2nd harp + W.W.; [m. 6] 2 flutes + vibraph / 3 celli + bassoons / 1 bass / B clar
Analysis: Melodic oscillation by thirds is here replaced by stepwise oscillation, using parallel fifths; this variant uses only the first half of the theme, in a circle-of-fifths modulation that moves towards e minor
Tags

circle of fifths | common-chord modulation | foreign key modulation | fragmentation | home | leading lady | light | looking | murder scene | mysterious | oscillation | parallel fifths | servant | turning on

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