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The Letter (1940)


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Instance
Theme name: Sociable
Start time: 0:48:42
End time: 0:49:41
Total duration: 0:00:59
Page #: 85
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 6
Key: Ab - Gb - A - C - Db - D - Eb - Gb - a
Meter: 2/2
Tempo (bpm): 92
Marking: Allegretto (grazioso)
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Dinner music to establish the setting (supposedly being played on the radio or a record player); light, bouncy melody with active strings and winds; the music turns dark when she says "it's a coverlet for our bed" and Leslie and Howard exchange cautious glances
On-screen: People having dinner
Music annotations: [m. 1] mf; [m. 2] mf / Like a small str orchestra coming from a 'supposed' radio!; [m. 10] one tone lower; [m. 16] grazioso; [m. 22] 1/2 tone higher; [m. 38] one tone lower; [m. 42] screwy / pp / p; [m. 47] dim e rall
Film annotations: [m. 1] Cue: XXX; [m. 22] Lets decide about the party; [m. 30] Leslie, don't tell me; [m. 34] Well, I haven't had; [m. 38] Adele sits down; [m. 41] It's a coverlet for our bed
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] cel + piano / harp; [m. 2] 6 viol + W.W. / viola / piano and a few strings / celli / 1/2 pizz; [m. 4] oboe + vibraph / clar; [m. 5] piano + celeste; [m. 8] fl + clar + celeste / celli; [m. 17] add cel; [m. 18] 1 celli; [m. 37] cel / piano / harp; [m. 42] oboe added / 8 violin / 4 viol tremolo / harp / W.W. / timp / gong; [m. 44] 4 horns (ominous)
Analysis: In an overall ABA form, it keeps modulating upwards, often by half steps; the dark part near the end uses a dissonant WT chord over a tonic 64 pedal in A Dorian
Tags

ABA structure | cheerful | conversing | deceptive resolution | dinner | Dorian mode | foreign key modulation | happy | home | husband | lacework | lawyer | leading lady | party | whole-tone chord

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