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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Leslie
Variant name: Walking
Start time: 0:30:58
End time: 0:31:24
Total duration: 0:00:26
Page #: 59
Measure #: 19
Scene: Reel 4 Part 2
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 66
Marking: Quasi maestoso
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Variant on Leslie's theme, using only the oscillating motive, which is used sequentially, then repeated over chromatically descending triads (here associated with walking); Steiner specifically chose to not mickey-mouse the walking here with his note in the score: "but not too rhythmic (I don't want to 'Mickey Mouse' this)"
On-screen: Leslie in jail
Music annotations: [m. 19] mp; [m. 20] f / tutti / a tempo / not too loud; [m. 22] a tempo / medium full, but not too rythmic (I don't want to 'Mickey Mouse' this) / p; [m. 23] screwy; [m. 25] p / pp
Film annotations: [m. 20] Dissolve to jail; [m. 21] Dialogue; [m. 22] She walks; [m. 25] End of reel / No join
Orchestration annotations: [m. 19] str / violas / W.W. / harp / celeste / marimba / gong / basses / celli / bassoon / pianos; [m. 20] 2 viol / 4 celli + W.W. / horns / brass felts / timp / tuba / basses pizz; [m. 21] str only / cel piano + 2 flts (in 8vas); [m. 22] 12 viol and E. Horn etc. / oboe / W.W. / violas / celli / timp / pizz (one); [m. 24] fl + vibraph
Analysis: The theme is repeated a tritone lower; the walking motion is illustrated with chromatically descending second-inversion triads
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64 chord | advance plot | chromatic parallelism | fragmentation | leading lady | mysterious | oscillation | prison | walking

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