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We Are Not Alone (1939)

Home > Film: We Are Not Alone > Theme: Frohe Botschaft > Variant: Somber > Instance: 0:38:52

Theme name: Frohe Botschaft
Variant name: Somber
Start time: 0:38:52
End time: 0:39:33
Total duration: 0:00:41
Page #: 52
Measure #: 13
Scene: Reel 5 Part 1
Key: C
Meter: 3/4
Tempo (bpm): 66
Marking: Dolce
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: Strings plays "Frohe Botschaft" in a lower key; at first hopeful in tone, darker harmonies are introduced as Leni realizes Jessica wants her to leave immediately; turns quite dark by the end
On-screen: Leni reacts
Music annotations: [m. 13] a tempo / Faster / pp; [m. 15] poco apass.; [m. 18] apass / tremolo / arpegg / pizz; [m. 21] rall e dim; [m. 22] molto rit / sempre dim; [m. 23] very slow / dim / pp / sfz - p / (no more arpeggios) just one big chord at down beat; [m. 24] Andante / no trem / pp
Film annotations: [m. 13] Yes, we can't keep you; [m. 18] Oh, is that all?; [m. 23] ask you to leave!; [m. 24] C.U. Leni
Orchestration annotations: [m. 13] cl + viola; [m. 18] cell; [m. 24] celli added
Analysis: A chromatic sigh gesture is heard after the first phrase; the melody ends with an evaded cadence that coincides with the introduction of a new descending motive that repeats several times; the major tonic is replaced by a minor tonic which leads to the key of g minor; the cue ends inconclusively with a long suspension over a tense Vb9 chord

9th chord | antagonist | common-chord modulation | conflict | conversing | evaded cadence | familiar tune | folk song | garden | German | heroine | mode mixture | quotation | sentimental | sigh gesture | somber