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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Cantor
Start time: 0:56:34
End time: 0:57:38
Total duration: 0:01:04
Page #: 131
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 7 Part 2
Key: a - c# - ab
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 72
Marking: Expressivo
Instrumentation: strings



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Description
Description: This theme sounds like Jewish liturgical chanting;a monophonic string melody with a Jewish character; the fact that she has her own theme may indicate that Joe is sympathetic towards her
On-screen: Joe talks to a Jewish shopkeeper
Music annotations: [m. 1] expressivo / cue: X X X / p / rubato / dolce / accel / rall / a little "Jewish" / delicatessen music - lesen cue sheet bitte!; [m. 2] rall / accel / rall; [m. 4] rall / ten / ten / accel; [m. 6] delicato; [m. 7] Hugo! I'm sorry - just an enharmonic mixup!! (It all goes together however!!) / accel / rall; [m. 8] molto rit / pp; [m. 9] accel; [m. 10] accel - rall; [m. 11] mf / molto rit [m. 12] molto schmaltzo / morendo; [m. 11] mf / molto rit / sfz; [m. 12] molto schmaltzo / morendo
Film annotations: [m. 1] But as my husband used to say; [m. 3] Lots of boys; [m. 4] They stand there; [m. 7] But this is no charity; [m. 8] Sit down etc; [m. 10] He walks out; [m. 12] Poor kid, He was so ashamed! / Dissolve
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] all violins (sord); [m. 3] str / harp 2nd; [m. 4] 1st harp / vibra; [m. 5] vibra; [m. 6] add celeste (maybe clar??) / vibra; [m. 7] harp / vibra; [m. 8] cello; [m. 9] add vibra; [m. 11] celli / harp / bass added; [m. 12] 2 celli + violas / horn?
Analysis: The melodic augmented second between LE and TI and the occurrence of FI give this melody a Jewish flavor (it's a Hungarian or "gypsy minor" scale); it is presented in a free rhythmic style reminiscent of a Jewish cantor
Tags

9th chord | crime scene | criminal | Gypsy minor scale | Jewish | kind | leading man | shop | shopkeeper

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