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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

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Theme name: Dust Be My Destiny
Variant name: Somber
Start time: 0:18:36
End time: 0:18:49
Total duration: 0:00:13
Page #: 29
Measure #: 22
Scene: Reel 2 Part 3
Key: Bb
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 69
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: Somber statement of the main theme, ending with subtle sigh-like dissonance
On-screen: Mabel reacts
Music annotations: [m. 22] no dialogue / schmaltz / mf; [m. 23] sfz / rall; [m. 24] morendo
Film annotations: [m. 22] Mabel watching; [m. 23] She turns; [m. 25] Into dialogue
Orchestration annotations: [m. 22] all violn / str sneak in + W.W. / sul G; [m. 23] fl + vibraphone; [m. 24] harp
Analysis: For the first time since the opening credits, the x and y motives are brought together in a gesture similar to the "Dust Be My Destiny" motto, but motive Y is inverted; Mabel longs to be with Joe but is denied, so her previously hopeful motive (Y) is inverted; above the point of resolution there is a prolonged sigh with a dissonant b6-5; the register is lower than usual, adding to the somber mood overall

conflict | inversion | leading lady | prison | sigh gesture | somber