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The Letter (1940)


Home > Film: The Letter > Theme: Leslie > Variant: Ominous > Instance: 0:22:58


Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Ominous
Start time: 0:22:58
End time: 0:23:27
Total duration: 0:00:29
Page #: 49
Measure #: 23
Scene: Reel 3 Part 3
Key: unstable - c
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 44
Marking: Andante
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Horn statement of Leslie's theme in call and response with an oboe as the camera again focuses on the spot of the murder; oscillation continues and slows until the camera rests on the face of Mrs. Hammond (with car headlights shining in her eyes); we hear a dramatic ascending fifth gesture, indicating that Mrs. Hammond is an important character in the story
On-screen: The site of the murder
Music annotations: [m. 23] f; [m. 26] adagio; [m. 27] pp / mf
Film annotations: [m. 23] Marks in dirt; [m. 26] C.U. Chinese wife
Orchestration annotations: [m. 23] 2 horns (illegible) / 3 clar + violas / 4 celli / 2 bassoons / timp; [m. 24] 1 horn; [m. 25] 12 violins / fl / 1st harp / piano / marimba / 2 trpts is felt / 4 h / 1 trb / felts / 2nd piano / 2nd harp / 3 trbs / add timp; [m. 26] tutti brass is felt / gong; [m. 27] gong (keep going) / 2 celli / 2 basses
Analysis: The melody is varied through rhythmic augmentation and harmonized by diminished sevenths over a dissonant pedal
Tags

advance plot | augmentation | call and response | Chinese | dramatic | leading lady | leaving | mysterious | plantation | reveal | shadow | spying | stinger | tense | watching | widow

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