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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Mrs. Hammond
Variant name: Confession
Start time: 1:17:35
End time: 1:17:52
Total duration: 0:00:17
Page #: 127
Measure #: 13
Scene: Reel 10 Part 1
Key: b pentatonic
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 56
Instrumentation: special group



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Description
Description: When Leslie mentions the Chinese wife, we immediately hear Mrs. Hammond's theme, at first layered over the tritone ostinato (which then drops out); has a somber and serious tone
On-screen: Leslie confesses to Robert
Music annotations: [m. 15] mf / poco accel; [m. 16] gliss
Film annotations: [m. 13] That native woman
Orchestration annotations: [m. 13] vibraphone / 1st harp both hands/ marimba / and Hammonds organ, screwy; [m. 14] str sord / some W.W. + violns; [m. 15] 4 horns / gong / 3 trbs / celli / bass / timp
Analysis: This theme overlaps with the end of Leslie's theme
Tags

Chinese | confessing | conflict | home | husband | lawyer | leading lady | letter | open fifth | parallel fifths | parallelism | pentatonic | recounting | serious | somber | tritone oscillation

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