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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Mrs. Hammond
Variant name: Dagger
Start time: 0:57:04
End time: 0:57:22
Total duration: 0:00:18
Page #: 110
Measure #: 21
Scene: Reel 7 Part 3
Key: eb pentatonic / E
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 56
Marking: Andante
Instrumentation: special group



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Description
Description: Mrs. Hammond's theme is played in high string harmonics as Leslie looks at a Chinese dagger
On-screen: Leslie looks at a Chinese dagger
Music annotations: [m. 21] Thick - not loud!! (I don't want them to laugh!!) / mf; [m. 22] 8va / pp / p; [m. 23] morendo; [m. 24] ppp
Film annotations: [m. 21] C.U. daggers; [m. 22] Daggers out; [m. 24] Into dialogue
Orchestration annotations: [m. 21] cla (natural) / b cla + 3 horns muted / violas sord / gong / 2 pianos / 4 celli sord / 3 basses / (bassoons) / tuba; [m. 22] viol div (harmonics / harp + celeste; [m. 24] 4 only
Analysis: The two layers are in different tonalities, with E held as a pedal below the theme in Eb
Tags

antagonist | Chinatown | Chinese | Chinese | dagger | exotic | lawyer | leading lady | mysterious | open fifth | parallel fifths | parallelism | pedal tone | pentatonic | polytonality | shop | tense | transition | waiting

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