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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

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Theme name: Dust Be My Destiny
Variant name: Jail Break
Start time: 0:49:16
End time: 0:50:11
Total duration: 0:00:55
Page #: 113
Measure #: 18
Scene: Reel 6 Part 2
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 80
Marking: expressivo
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: This cue generates tension by repeating fragments of the main theme in an ascending sequence
On-screen: Mabel looks up and sees Joe
Music annotations: [m. 18] a tempo (expressivo); [m. 19] sfz; [m. 20] sempre cresc; [m. 21] sempre cresc; [m. 22] p; [m. 28] no tremolo / dolce / slowly / legato; [m. 32] molto cresc / rit
Film annotations: [m. 18] Mabel behind Bars; [m. 19] Allright, Kate!; [m. 21] She rises; [m. 23] Matron at lock; [m. 25] Door closes; [m. 26] They walk; [m. 28] Mabel rises; [m. 32] Gun out
Orchestration annotations: [m. 19] celli / timp; [m. 20] one trb (hat) and timp / W.W.? / horns?; [m. 24] 3 trbs in hats / harp; [m. 25] horns 1/2 stopped (echo); [m. 27] horn (simile)
Analysis: First, motive X is repeated in an ascending half-step sequence; then motive Y is repeated in a call a response pattern between brass and strings; it ends with several echoes of motive Y; the cue is harmonized with diminished and half-diminished sevenths created through linear chromatic motion (in an expanding chromatic wedge)

chromatic wedge | dissonant bass | jail | jail break | leading lady | leading man | linear chromaticism | tense | warden