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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

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Theme name: Dust Be My Destiny
Variant name: Parting Ways
Start time: 0:38:56
End time: 0:39:33
Total duration: 0:00:37
Page #: 86
Measure #: 65
Scene: Reel 5 Part 2
Key: c
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 58
Marking: A little faster
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: The second half of the main theme is very dark (in the minor mode), reflecting their decision to separate, the cue is punctuated by the dramatic emphasis of their parting glances
On-screen: Joe and Mabel part
Music annotations: [m. 65] a little faster / arpeggio; [m. 66] tremolo / arpeggio / arpeggio; [m. 67] accel / rall / arpeggio; [m. 68] a tempo; [m. 72] a tempo / gliss
Film annotations: [m. 65] Mabel; [m. 68] Joe's Back; [m. 70] She turns head; [m. 71] Truck seen; [m. 72] She stops
Orchestration annotations: [m. 65] vibra / harp; [m. 67] add harps full and celeste / timp / gong; [m. 68] harps + celli / 2nd harp gliss; [m. 69] add celesta; [m. 72] tutti / a tempo
Analysis: Darkest version of the Fate motto; passionate motive X is played in minor (with thick strings in all registers) followed by a resigned motive Y falling to a lower, darker register; the motto resolves in minor, followed by a yearning dissonance (bo7/C with an accented dissonant E) that first resolves to major (representing a glimpse of hope connected with their many backwards glances?), but tragically turns back to minor at the conclusion

altered dominant | common-tone diminished 7th | conflict | dark | leading lady | leading man | leaving | mode mixture | pedal tone | runaway | somber | street