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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Dust Be My Destiny
Variant name: Religioso
Start time: 1:22:41
End time: 1:24:55
Total duration: 0:02:14
Page #: 175
Measure #: 5
Scene: Reel 10 Part 1
Key: A
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 63
Marking: Tenderly
Instrumentation: strings
Solo Instrument: violin



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Description
Description: The main theme is played softly and slowly by a halo of strings; angelic, loving and gentle, accented by harp arpeggiations; this statement goes through the entire verse, ending solidly on the tonic (resolving the Fate Motto); a single high pitch on solo violin is held out to good effect at the beginning of the return of the A section
On-screen: Mabel testifies for Joe
Music annotations: [m. 5] andte / tenderly / almost religioso; [m. 13] accell / tremolo / poco appassionato / delicato; [m. 14] X X X; [m. 20] rall; [m. 21] X X X; [m. 23] unis; [m. 25] poco cresc; [m. 28] X X X; [m. 29] poco appassionato / sfz; [m. 33] mf / very slow / X X X; [m. 34] molto rit / X X X; [m. 35] a tempo / mf; [m. 38] mf / X X X
Film annotations: [m. 15] He was happy; [m. 16] He thinks the worlds against him; [m. 21] It isn't easy for a woman; [m. 26] I'm asking you to believe; [m. 28] I'm telling you the truth; [m. 31] Convict me too then; [m. 33] She breaks down; [m. 35] He walks back with her; [m. 38] The Defense rests! / Dissolve into Dialogue
Orchestration annotations: [m. 5] violins divisi; [m. 6] p violas / pp celli (2nd stave); [m. 7] viol divisi / 4 celli div.; [m. 8] violas; [m. 10] 1 cello / 2nd cello; [m. 13] solo violin / vibraphone / celli / harp; [m. 16] violas / harp / piano (pedal) / bass pizz / gong pp; [m. 17] 2 solo violins / violas / harps / horn (muted) / 4 violin / celli div; [m. 20] harp / solo viol and celesta; [m. 21] 6 violins / add vibraph / 4 violins; [m. 22] 2 violas / 1 cello; [m. 29] 12 viol / 4 times div / violas / vibraphone / one cello; [m. 30] harp / vibra / cello; [m. 31] harp / vibra; [m. 32] horn / vibra / gong (delicato) / bass one pizz; [m. 33] all violins (sul G) / celli / tutti (no trpts or flts) / horns / trbs in hat / basses / timp / trb; [m. 34] harps; [m. 35] oboe fl + vibraph / 2nd harp / harp + celeste; [m. 36] 2nd harp; [m. 38] harp / timp roll
Analysis: Mostly diatonic with passages of parallel chromaticism (diminished 7th chords); there are several chromatic chords such as common-tone diminished 7ths and altered secondary dominants; the Fate Motto resolves solidly with a perfect authentic cadence right at the moment that Joe accepts Mabel's hand on his shoulder; after this transformative moment of resolution, the cue is extended with a passage of colorful borrowed chords (I - bVI - ii/o7 - I) and Joe's motive X is repeated with a lowered 6 and 7, giving it a more relaxed and calm feeling (this extension is not included in the film)
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11th chord | chromatic parallelism | common-tone diminished 7th | courtroom | crowd | diminished 7th chord | gentle | judge | jury | leading lady | leading man | loving | mode mixture | parallel double period | plagal cadence | sincere | suspect | tender | trial

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