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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Mysterioso
Start time: 0:30:04
End time: 0:30:23
Total duration: 0:00:19
Page #: 55
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 4 Part 2
Key: unstable
Meter: 3/4
Tempo (bpm): 60
Marking: Modto
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Tense, mysterious version of Leslie using muted brass (using instruments that Steiner refers to as a "screwy combination") as Howard reacts to the existence of the letter
On-screen: Howard in his office
Music annotations: [m. 1] mysterioso / pp ; [m. 3] ten; [m. 4] poco a poco crescendo e accel; [m. 6] ten
Film annotations: [m. 4] End of pan; [m. 6] End of pan
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] fl +viola / 4 horns (muted) and 1st piano (Norma) / (or some other screwy combination!!); [m. 3] one bassoon + piano; [m. 4] fl 2 / violas / oboe / 2 clar and piano / 2 bassoons / gong / b clar / one b pizz; [m. 6] 1 bass + piano
Analysis: Dissonant, non-triadic harmonies alternate (with an emphasis on augmented triads and near-whole-tone chords; ending with dissonant quartal sonorities
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advance plot | augmented major 7th chord | lawyer | mysterious | office | oscillation | pc set | quartal chord | suspension | tense | thinking

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