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Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

Home > Film: Angels With Dirty Faces > Theme: Sanctus > Variant: Mournful > Instance: 1:34:12

Theme name: Sanctus
Variant name: Mournful
Start time: 1:34:12
End time: 1:34:32
Total duration: 0:00:20
Page #: 108
Measure #: 20
Scene: Reel 10 Part 3
Key: E - e
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 88
Marking: Dolce
Instrumentation: strings
Solo Instrument: organ

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Description: As the lights dim and Jerry lowers his head in prayer, we hear a brief segment of the Sanctus played on the organ, sounding dissonant over a clashing pedal tone, signifying mourning and sadness; the organ conveys a religious feeling as well
On-screen: Jerry cries after Rocky dies
Music annotations: [m. 20] pp / p; [m. 22] (on purpose the dissonance); [m. 23] / dim; [m. 24] important [with an arrow pointing to a G natural played by the horns] / dim; [m. 25] morendo / ppp / hold over into dialogue
Film annotations: [m. 25] Fade / End of 2nd version
Orchestration annotations: [m. 20] organ / celli dolce; [m. 21] violas etc / (other viola div); [m. 22] horns; [m. 23] horns
Analysis: The Sanctus theme is played in E major over a dissonant Db/Eb pedal tone; in m. 24 there is a "reverse Picardy," leading the Sanctus to end tragically in e minor

added-note chord | climax | crying | death | dissonant bass | execution chamber | leading man | mourning | pedal tone | priest | prison | redemption | reverse picardy | sacred | somber