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The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)

Home > Film: The Life of Vergie Winters > Theme: Lullaby > Variant: Hospital Scene > Instance: 0:27:51

Theme name: Lullaby
Variant name: Hospital Scene
Start time: 0:27:51
End time: 0:28:39
Total duration: 0:00:48
Page #: 15
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 4
Key: F
Meter: 6/8
Tempo (bpm): 52
Marking: Molto modto
Instrumentation: strings

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Description: A sentimental variant on the main theme as we see Vergie and her newborn baby in the hospital; the nurse calls her "Mrs. Wood" since she is there under an alias to have her out-of-wedlock baby in secret
On-screen: The sign for a hospital
Music annotations: [m. 1] molto modto / p; [m. 12] rit; [m. 14] rall; [m. 16] fade out
Film annotations: [m. 1] Hospital scene (Harding and Baby)
Orchestration annotations: [m. 16] Bernard: harp, celeste, cello, violin, viola - 5 or 6 men (lullaby)
Analysis: This variant features textural changes from the original as well as a few harmonic changes; the cue ends by repeating the final gesture three times, followed by a plagal cadence

advance plot | calm | child | childbirth | conversing | fragmentation | hospital | leading lady | lullaby | peaceful | plagal cadence