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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Charlie
Variant name: Extended
Start time: 0:11:41
End time: 0:12:27
Total duration: 0:00:46
Page #: 14
Measure #: 36
Scene: Reel 2 Part 1
Key: unstable - e
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 88
Instrumentation: brass, strings



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Description
Description: Charlie's dark theme recurs as he talks to the inmates; the theme is extended with a stinger when Joe gets slapped, followed by an emotional descent in the high strings
On-screen: Charlie talks to inmates
Music annotations: [m. 38] simile; [m. 40] tremolo / molto cresc; [m. 42] legato / dim; [m. 44] sfz / This overlaps Part 2
Film annotations: [m. 36] Charlie strolls over; [m. 38] Strong, eh?; [m. 40] Well, what do you want to do?; [m. 41] He slaps Joe; [m. 43] Joe steps back / Get going!; [m. 44] This overlaps part 2
Orchestration annotations: [m. 40] almost tutti / timp; [m. 43] timp
Analysis: Charlie's theme is harmonized with parallel 9th chords over a dissonant bass, then repeated a half step higher; the ending becomes less dissonant, gravitating towards E minor
Tags

chromatic parallelism | dark | drunk | establish character | leading man | prison | prisoner | sequence | slapping | stinger | warden

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