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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


Home > Film: Dust Be My Destiny > Theme: Here Comes the Bride > Variant: Modulating > Instance: 0:29:02


Instance
Theme name: Here Comes the Bride
Variant name: Modulating
Start time: 0:29:02
End time: 0:29:38
Total duration: 0:00:36
Page #: 58
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 4 Part 1 A
Key: G - A - Bb - B - C - C# - D - G - Bb - B - Bb
Meter: 2/4
Tempo (bpm): 192
Marking: Molto allegro
Instrumentation: orchestra



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Description
Description: Fast-paced, happy version of Here Comes the Bride, which modulates multiple times; this cue was later used in Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
On-screen: Joe and Mabel run to the courthouse
Music annotations: [m. 1] tempo track / molto allegro / simile; [m. 9] cresc; [m. 10] rit; [m. 13] sfz / sempre cresc; [m, 14] sfz; [m. 15] sfz; [m. 16] tremolo / f / arco; [m. 19] no tremolo; [m. 26] sfz; [m. 31] arco; [m. 34] f / gliss; [m. 41] gliss; [m. 42] f; [m. 45] gliss
Film annotations: [m. 16] Stop; [m. 26] Thanks! / Run; [m. 34] Run; [m. 38] Stop; [m. 41] Run
Orchestration annotations: [m. 1] violins + viola / flutes perc piano; [m. 2] div / celeste / glockenspiel / 1 harp; [m. 4] 2nd harp; [m. 6] celli pizz + marimba / 1st harp; [m. 8] 2nd harp; [m. 13] 2nd; [m. 14] 2nd; [m. 15] 1st; [m. 16] oboes (1 cl); [m. 20] harp; [m. 21] harp; [m. 23] harp; [m. 26] violas clar vibra (as before) / harp gliss; [m. 30] fl / harp; [m. 41] trpts muted; [m. 42] basses pizz; [m. 45] celli and;
Analysis: Numerous pump-up modulations create growing excitement (rising by half steps); the speed of the modulations also increases from every four measures to every two measures to every measure, resulting in fragmentation and sequence of the melody; every time the people on-screen stop running, Steiner prolongs the underlying harmony; when they start running again, the harmonic rhythm resumes its pace of change
Tags

added-note chord | deceptive resolution | excited | familiar tune | foreign key modulation | fragmentation | leading lady | leading man | love scene | marriage | pump-up modulation | romance | romantic | running | sequence | street

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