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We Are Not Alone (1939)

Home > Film: We Are Not Alone > Theme: Surprise Symphony > Variant: Chromatic Shift > Instance: 0:09:49

Theme name: Surprise Symphony
Variant name: Chromatic Shift
Start time: 0:09:49
End time: 0:10:01
Total duration: 0:00:12
Page #: 18G
Measure #: 56
Scene: Reel 1 (additional)
Key: Eb - Fb
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 88
Marking: Allegretto Modto
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: Another statement of the Surprise Symphony theme; this one features a quite unexpected modulation at the point of Haydn's original surprise; Steiner is playing with us here as listeners, presenting new surprises that Haydn did not utilize in his symphony; the overall tone is playful and light
On-screen: David puts the cat outside
Music annotations: [m. 56] fix / a tempo / Come sopra from Reel 2 Part 1A, one tone lower; [m. 59] 1/2 tone down
Film annotations: [m. 57] Cat out of window; [m. 58] He goes to Tommy
Orchestration annotations: [m. 41] viol
Analysis: Modulates unexpectedly from Eb to Fb (up a half step)

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