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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Dust Be My Destiny
Variant name: Transformation
Start time: 0:57:38
End time: 0:58:04
Total duration: 0:00:26
Page #: 133
Measure #: 13
Scene: Reel 7 Part 2
Key: ab - B
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 42
Marking: Adagio (mysterioissimo)
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Mysterious sounding cue that prepares a transformation from the dark key of ab minor to the bright key of B major for a tender reunion between the lovers
On-screen: Joe comes back to the apartment
Music annotations: [m. 13] adagio / (mysterioissimo) / p / subito; [m. 14] pp; [m. 15] sfz - p; [m. 16] (much faster) / sfz; [m. 17] p / p / The object of this page is simply to "frighten" the audience and Leo!! (a build up for "love an kisses" on next page!); [m. 18] accel
Film annotations: [m. 13] Joe enters room; [m. 14] He closes door; [m. 15] Puts pistol down; [m. 16] Mabel watching; [m. 17] It's a nice night for a walk!; [m. 18] It's a wonderful night
Orchestration annotations: [m. 13] timp roll pp; [m. 14] horn muted / timp / gong (keep rolling); [m. 16] add trbs (hats) / tuba added / [m. 17] (timp stops) / 4 celli + violas; [m. 18] violins / celeste / vibraphone / harp
Analysis: ab minor and B major are quite distant keys (going from 7 flats to 5 sharps); Steiner keeps the Cb as a common tone until it becomes a B in the new key
Tags

dissonant bass | foreign key modulation | leading lady | leading man | linear chromaticism | love scene | mysterious | room | triumphant

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