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They Made Me a Criminal (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: The Printing Press
Start time: 0:14:10
End time: 0:14:31
Total duration: 0:00:21
Page #: 5
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 2 Part 3
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 72
Marking: Grandioso
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Montage of headlines that begins with a dramatic fanfare (as we see the headline about Johnnie being the champ); the music turns dark when the headlines mention the murder and Johnnie's possible implication in the crime
On-screen: A printing press
Music annotations: [m. 1] cue: X X X / ff / add 3rd octave bars (if you wish) / f / sffz; [m. 2] sfz; [m. 3] f / (sostenuto) / con moto / (all that can play it) / dim; [m. 5] Ab; [m. 6] Ab; [m. 7] enharmonic
Film annotations: [m. 2] New champ; [m. 3] The printing press
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] str / W.W. / 3 trpts / 3 trbs; [m. 2] horns / timp / T.C.; [m. 3] pianos (rather rhythmic) / harps, W.W., etc. / (brass morendo) / timp + tuba; [m. 4] horns and saxes; [m. 5] gong / timp + tuba; [m. 6] gong
Analysis: This cue never really settles into a key, shifting from centers on G, Eb, and D, then moving to an oscillating machine-like pattern with the chords d minor, AbM7, and f#o7 over Ab; above the machine rhythms the strings play a legato descending line
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64 chord | dark | dissonant bass | fanfare | headline | heroic | mode change | montage | montage | motoric | newspaper | oscillation | printing press

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