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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Robert and Leslie
Variant name: Mournful
Start time: 1:19:00
End time: 1:19:41
Total duration: 0:00:41
Page #: 130
Measure #: 38
Scene: Reel 10 Part 1
Key: bb
Meter: 6/8
Tempo (bpm): 48
Marking: Triste
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Robert and Leslie's theme, with its sighing, weeping motive, enters as Robert starts to weep upon hearing his wife's confession, a minor-key version of the love theme
On-screen: Robert cries after hearing the confession
Music annotations: [m. 38] p; [m. 39] enh; [m. 40] in 6; [m. 43] pp; [m. 44] ppp
Film annotations: [m. 38] I'm sorry!; [m. 44] This might connect
Orchestration annotations: [m. 38] bass; [m. 39] viola + celeste; [m. 40] add celli 8va lower / fl +vib / viola / add bassoons etc.; [m. 41] E.H. + bassoon / also violas; [m. 43] 2 solo violins / cel + vibraphone
Analysis: Dissonant harmonies over a tonic pedal in Bb minor
Tags

conflict | crying | crying gesture | home | husband | lawyer | leading lady | letter | love theme | mournful | murder | pedal tone | retardation | sad | suspension

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