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They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Home > Film: They Made Me a Criminal > Theme: The Fugitive > Variant: Original > Instance: 0:24:29

Theme name: The Fugitive
Variant name: Original
Start time: 0:24:29
End time: 0:25:04
Total duration: 0:00:35
Page #: 18
Measure #: 4
Scene: Reel 3 Part 2
Key: E - D
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 66
Marking: Molto modto
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: Lush strings play a weary and wandering theme associated with Johnnie, a fugitive from the law
On-screen: Johnnie walks
Music annotations: [m. 4] sostenuto / a tempo (almost tutti) / f; [m. 7] delicato
Film annotations: [m. 4] Dissolve / Garfield walking slowly
Orchestration annotations: [m. 4] violins and violas oboe etc. / horn + E.H. (or celli??) / harp added; [m. 7] harps
Analysis: This theme has a wandering character tonally, starting in E major but drifting immediately to F major (the key of the Neapolitan) before cadencing in E; the second phrase moves from E major to F major as well, but cadences in D major; a preponderance of dominant seventh and ninth chords gives the cue a bluesy feel

9th chord | advance plot | altered dominant | desert | foreign key modulation | leading man | Neapolitan | tired | traveling | walking | wandering