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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Plotting
Start time: 0:39:32
End time: 0:40:00
Total duration: 0:00:28
Page #: 78
Measure #: 9
Scene: Reel 5 Part 2
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 56
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Tense muted brass version of the Leslie theme as she asks "are you going to let them hang me?"; a quick ascending sequence using a fragment of the theme leads to another tense climax as Leslie tries to convince Howard to buy the letter and deceive her husband
On-screen: Howard and Leslie plot their next move
Music annotations: [m. 9] p subito; [m. 11] a tempo; [m. 12] cresc; [m. 13] accell; [m. 15] schmeer
Film annotations: [m. 10] You could get the letter; [m. 11] Do you think?; [m. 16] Thats true, but I'm not prepared to buy it!
Orchestration annotations: [m. 9] fl + viola / 4 horns (muted / 2 cell / basses / 1 piano; [m. 11] fl + 4 violins / W.W. + horns; [m. 15] W.W. / cl
Analysis: Steiner uses a chromatic ascending sequence made up of major-minor seventh + ninth chords to create tension; the theme is also fragmented and accelerates as it climbs
Tags

9th chord | advance plot | buildup | changing meter | chromatic sequence | fragmentation | hospital | lawyer | leading lady | letter | minor-major 7th chord | ominous | oscillation | plotting | tense

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