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We Are Not Alone (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Surprise Symphony
Variant name: Innocent
Start time: 0:06:36
End time: 0:07:08
Total duration: 0:00:32
Page #: 17
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 1 Part 3
Key: Eb - E - F - FE
Meter: 2/4
Tempo (bpm): 100
Marking: Grazioso
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: A rising glissando leads to a variant of the Surprise Symphony as Gerald comes in to say that he found a cat; at first quite innocent, the mood changes when Jessica nags Gerald, then again as David comforts Gerald
On-screen: Gerald runs inside
Music annotations: [m. 1] mp / allegretto (delicato) / p; [m. 2] a few strings W.W. celeste - harp - vibra - "charming" - don't you think?! "We're in the Mo(o)ney now!!!" / pizz; [m. 4] slower; [m. 8] meno; [m. 10] accel e cresc; [m. 15] rall; [m. 16] dolce / div / expressivo ([illegible]) / slower; [m. 17] ten; [m. 18] dolcissimo; [m. 20] pp / morendo
Film annotations: [m. 1] Gerald runs in; [m. 8] Stop feeding Gerald; [m. 20] Into dialogue
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] violins + celeste / celli (vibraph); [m. 9] harp + cel; [m. 16] str / harp / b cl / basses; [m. 17] celli?; [m. 19] (just a few strings) / horn / one cello / 2nd cello
Analysis: Steiner plays with a motive at the end of the second phrase (motive Z), subjecting it to fragmentation and sequence, playfully highlighting the tritone dissonance in the motive (when he is being nagged by his mother); tension is built by repeating motive Z in the rising keys of Eb, E, F, and F# major; then, when he is comforted by his father, it returns to normal pacing, played in more soothing parallel fifths and ending with a perfect authentic cadence
Tags

9th chord | boy | child | classical music | comforting | common-tone diminished 7th | establish character | familiar tune | father | foreign key modulation | fragmentation | Haydn | hero | home | innocent | mode mixture | nagging | parallel fifths | playful | quotation | step modulation | tritone | Wagner

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