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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Buzzing
Start time: 1:01:05
End time: 1:02:15
Total duration: 0:01:10
Page #: 143
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 7 Part 4
Key: g - Ab - A - unstable - g - Ab - A - unstable - D
Meter: 2/4
Tempo (bpm): 152
Marking: Allegro
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: This buzzy, frantic cue sounds a lot like Flight of the Bumblebee (but not exactly); it represents the business of the newspaper editor at his job (increasing dramatic tension in general) and is played fairly softly under the dialogue; there is a brighter chord as they emerge from the dark room
On-screen: Men working in the dark room
Music annotations: [m. 1] allegro / sordini / p; [m. 5] S.O.S. HELP PLEASE HUGO!! / p; [m. 9] very low - and mysterioso (just a little background music) / the "bumble bee!" all over again - this time by Rimksviel-Korsakow-Steiner; [m. 12] p; [m. 13] 1/2 tone higher (make a come sopra); [m. 21] cresc; [m. 22] [C#] correct; [m. 23] delicato; [m. 29] enharmonic; [m. 37] sfz / a little dramatic here but still "light!"; [m. 40] gliss mf; [m. 44] gliss mf; [m. 48] gliss; [m. 49] sfz; [m. 53] sfz; [m. 54] dim; [m. 55] p / mf; [m. 61] etc; [m. 63] (just a come-sopra) you could even make a [illegible] and write a coda; [m. 80] cresc / clicks off; [m. 81] mf / molto rit / pizz; [m. 82] morendo
Film annotations: [m. 83] Into dialogue
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] violin / vibraphone; [m. 2] mostly strings and soft W.W.; [m. 5] cl ? / pizz + arco; [m. 21] flts / timp roll pp; [m. 25] timp roll; [m. 29] add celeste / harp added; [m. 37] vibra (hold it) / celli / basses timp delicato / pizz piano; [m. 41] vibra simile / timp; [m. 44] gliss; [m. 48] gliss; [m. 49] cymbal (soft stick - let it ring) / vibra / pizz / pizz + piano celli etc; [m. 53] horns (stopped and vibraph); [m. 55] pizz + harp; [m. 79] W.W. sustain / str pizz; [m. 81] harp / div; [m. 82] cel harp solo / 2nd [harp]; [m. 83] vibraph
Analysis: The cue features plenty of chromatic harmonies (Neapolitans, secondaries, mode mixture) as well as some enharmonic modulations as it repeatedly modulates up by half steps; the contrasting B part features rising chromatic parallelism (Ab - A - Bb - B - C - C#) then a pattern ascending by whole steps (EbM7 - FM7 - GM7 - AM7); the A part then returns, but is interrupted with a passage with a rising chromatic sequence (Bb - B - C - C#) that leads to a final V - Iadd6 cadence in the key of D major
Tags

64 chord | action scene | added-note chord | buzzy | chromatic parallelism | dark room | enharmonic modulation | exciting | foreign key modulation | leading man | mode mixture | Neapolitan | newspaper | newspaper editor | parallelism | photographer | photography | pump-up modulation | Rimsky-Korsakov | working

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