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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Dust Be My Destiny
Variant name: Running Up and Down
Start time: 0:30:12
End time: 0:30:31
Total duration: 0:00:19
Page #: 63
Measure #: 55
Scene: Reel 4 Part 1 A
Key: unstable - D
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 168
Marking: Molto allegro
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Man runs up the courthouse steps with ascending chromatic scales; climactic gestures are heard when he knocks at the courthouse door (which is locked); he then runs down the stairs (with descending string gestures), then halfway back up the stairs again; the strings mimic all of these running actions
On-screen: Man runs up the courthouse steps
Music annotations: [m. 55] this is “supposed” comedy!! / molto allegro / etc / enharmonic; [m. 57] gliss / etc / etc (add 2nd 8va basso); [m. 58] (not dramatic - just excitement) / pizz; [m. 61] cresc; [m. 62] ff / col; [m. 65] col; [m. 66] sfz / grazioso; [m. 67] this connects to Part 2 (overlaps)
Film annotations: [m. 55] McHugh running [m. 58] Knocks; [m. 60] Hello; [m. 62] Runs back; [m. 66] Stops / Runs; [m. 67] Stop
Orchestration annotations: [m. 55] timp / col (8va lower) / harp / tutti (not loud) / a little timp; [m. 56] etc; [m. 57] also xylophone glissando??; [m. 58] str / W.W. / W.W. / brass (muted) / violas horns etc; [m. 60] W.W. (piccolo); [m. 62] etc; [m. 65] gliss harp and xylophone; [m. 66] violins (celesta) / (maybe xylophone) / str (mostly) / celli / violas
Analysis: In m. 60, there is a dotted-rhythm statement of motive X embedded within the running gestures; the cue ends with parallel major 64 chords
Tags

64 chord | chromatic parallelism | chromatic scale | courthouse | down | frantic | leading lady | leading man | love scene | mickey-mousing | mode mixture | producer | running | stairs | street | up

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