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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Risoluto
Start time: 0:37:07
End time: 0:37:21
Total duration: 0:00:14
Page #: 72
Measure #: 70
Scene: Reel 5
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 108
Marking: Agitato
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Tense variant of Leslie's theme, first ascending slowly then becoming more and more fragmented as Howard reads the letter
On-screen: Howard reads the letter to Leslie
Music annotations: [m. 70] pp; [m. 75] rit
Film annotations: [m. 70] He reads; [m. 72] I'm desperate
Orchestration annotations: [m. 70] one piano
Analysis: Dissonant polychords in the accompaniment; harmonic rhythm speeds up as the climax approaches with parallel ascending augmented triads (plus a dissonant major seventh, creating an [0148] sonority)
Tags

anxious | augmented triad | buildup | chromatic parallelism | fearful | fragmentation | lawyer | leading lady | letter | oscillation | pc set | pivotal scene | polychord | prison | reading | sequence | tense

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