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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Mrs. Hammond
Start time: 0:23:27
End time: 0:24:33
Total duration: 0:01:06
Page #: 50
Measure #: 28
Scene: Reel 3 Part 3
Key: a
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 60
Marking: Andante (funebre)
Instrumentation: special group



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Description
Description: As Mrs. Hammond appears on screen, we hear her theme, muted and delicate, using parallel fifths and a pentatonic melody to represent her ethnicity (the cue sheet calls this theme "Chinese wife"); the theme has an "exotic" feel to it; there is subtle stinger as she sees her husband's dead body in the shed
On-screen: Mrs. Hammond appears
Music annotations: [m. 28] p / legato / pp; [m. 30] rall; [m. 32] pp; [m. 34] rit; [m. 35] pp / mp
Film annotations: [m. 28] House boy appears; [m. 29] They leave; [m. 31] Unlocks door; [m. 32] Opens it for her; [m. 34] She stands; [m. 35] Head boy goes toward her
Orchestration annotations: [m. 28] 1 flute (no vibrato) / celeste, one harp (both hands) vibraphone + marimba soli; [m. 30] gong / 3 basses (one pizz) / piano; [m. 32] sord / 12 divisi / 4 violas divisi; [m. 33] gong / one pizz / piano; [m. 34] one pizz; [m. 35] 2nd fl / celeste (solo) / harp (solo) / bass one pizz / 2 trbs / hats / piano
Analysis: The melody is made up of three-to-four note pentatonic fragments; features parallel fifths over a free bass voice
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Aeolian mode | Chinese | Chinese | death | delicate | dissonant bass | establish character | grieving | open fifth | parallel fifths | parallelism | pentatonic | plantation | stinger | widow

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