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Flamingo Road (1949) [IN PROCESS - Information may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies]

Home > Film: Flamingo Road > Theme: Lute Mae > Instance: 0:01:26

Theme name: Lute Mae
Start time: 0:01:26
End time: 0:01:42
Total duration: 0:00:16
Page #: 6
Measure #: 33
Scene: Main title
Key: Ab - A
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 96
Instrumentation: jazz combo
Solo Instrument: clarinet

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Description: This jazzy theme for Lute Mae's Roadhouse is the Gangster Blues theme from Crime School (1938); the orchestration of the theme here is entirely different, reflecting the on-screen musicians that we see in the film and the kind of music that would be heard in a roadhouse; the on-screen clarinetist has a prominent solo in this variant; on-screen we also see piano, bass, drums, saxophones, and trumpet
On-screen: Lute Mae's Roadhouse
Music annotations: [m. 33] ticks 7 Fr / f / f / p; [m. 36] (look on back of page) / Murray: This should sound like a 10 piece band at the most (write in banjo in - if you want - clt is seen in close up); [m. 42] arpeggio / into carnival noise
Film annotations: [m. 33] Road house; [m. 42] Pete's cafe
Orchestration annotations: [m. 33] 2nd clt solo / add drs (one man) / all strgs / pianos / trb (2nd) / trpt (hot); [m. 35] trpt / cue in violins; [back of page] let's sustain 3 saxes?? I think we should use the piano one bass (all the strgs), 1 clt, 1 trpt, 1 drummer 3 saxes 2 trbs (talk to me about this); [m. 37] sax; [m. 39] hot trpt (muted) and vibra solo (hot)
Analysis: The harmonies alternate between tonic and bVI chords (which sounds like a "detuned" dominant); extended and added-note chords create jazz flavors

13th chord | added-note chord | altered dominant | bluesy | club | countermelody | dancing | eating | establish setting | musician | on-screen music | playing | self-borrowing | simulated source music | voice-over