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The Letter (1940)


Home > Film: The Letter > Theme: Mrs. Hammond > Variant: Appassionato > Instance: 0:24:12


Instance
Theme name: Mrs. Hammond
Variant name: Appassionato
Start time: 0:24:12
End time: 0:24:33
Total duration: 0:00:21
Page #: 52
Measure #: 36
Scene: Reel 3 Part 3
Key: e
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 60
Instrumentation: special group
Solo Instrument: cello



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Description
Description: Solo cello version of Mrs. Hammond's theme, poignant and full of emotion as she looks at her dead husband; answered by a more passionate statement from full strings
On-screen: Mrs. Hammond looks at her husband
Music annotations: [m. 36] a tempo; [m. 38] Hugo! a 'Chinese' heart break - str only on top!! / Hugo (use W.W.) / ff subito / mf / appassionato / mp; [m. 39] f
Film annotations: [m. 36] He bends down; [m. 38] Woman looks down; [m. 39] Closes eyes / Fade
Orchestration annotations: [m. 36] 1st cello (solo) and vibraphone; [m. 38] 12 divisi / Hugo (no W.W.) / 4 violas / 3 celli / as before: 1 piano, harps, celeste, marimba / add 2 bassoons / gong / 3 trbs (hats) + 1 piano / basses; [m. 39] flts / clar / 3 trbs / b clar added
Analysis: The second phrase is altered with a extension featuring an accented dominant over a tonic pedal
Tags

Aeolian mode | Chinese | Chinese | death | delicate | establish character | grieving | open fifth | parallel fifths | parallelism | passionate | pedal tone | pentatonic | plantation | widow

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