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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Gesture name: Car crash
Start time: 1:10:55
End time: 1:11:01
Total duration: 0:00:06
Page #: 163
Measure #: 20
Scene: Reel 8 Part 4
Key: unstable
Meter: 3/4
Tempo (bpm): 126
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Rapidly ascending patterns lead to a big crash sound; cymbal crash as the car crashes
On-screen: Gangsters crash the car
Music annotations: [m. 20] ff; [m. 21] chromatic; [m. 22] gliss / sfz / 8va; [m. 23] maestoso / all dissonances intentional; [m. 24] sfz / this connects to part 5 (overlaps)
Film annotations: [m. 20] Mabel (tires screech); [m. 22] Crash; [m. 24] Dissolve
Orchestration annotations: [m. 20] all W.W. + str / 4 horns / basses / trbns / bassoon / saxes / piano / 3 trbs; [m. 21] timp roll etc; [m. 22] T.C. gong etc / timp
Analysis: Chromatic whirling continues in the strings (suggesting the car motor); a chromatic pattern in the bass slowly rises, then accelerates towards the crash; clashing pitches throughout (E/Eb, F/E, etc.); the last few measures are cut from the film, moving directly into the scene after the crash
Tags

action scene | car | chromatic scale | crashing | dramatic | gangster | hero | leading man | mickey-mousing | newspaper editor | street

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