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

Home > Film: Flamingo Road > Theme: Mob > Instance: 1:28:20

Theme name: Mob
Start time: 1:28:20
End time: 1:28:52
Total duration: 0:00:32
Page #: 109
Measure #: 1
Scene: Reel 10 Part 2
Key: unstable
Meter: 12/8
Tempo (bpm): 138
Marking: Agitato
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: As we hear a mob forming outside of Lane's house, we hear dark, murmuring, rumbling music in the lowest register of the orchestra, adding menace the noise of the mob
On-screen: A mob forms outside of Lane's home
Music annotations: [m. 1] ticks / mf; [m. 3] poco-a-poco cresc; [m. 5] Murray: Use hammond organ too; [m. 6] sempre crescendo; [m. 7] poco accellerando; [m. 9] molto crescendo / chromatic; [m. 10] ff / ff; [m. 12] 1/2 tone higher; [m. 13] f; [m. 14] one full tone higher; [m. 16] f / one tone up; [m. 17] accellerando / a 4th higher
Film annotations: [m. 10] Window breaks
Orchestration annotations: [m. 5] horns / trbs; [m. 9] W.W. strgs (harp gliss) etc chromatic; [m. 10] hand [cymbal]; [m. 15] gong roll
Analysis: The first rumbling ostinati establish a two-measure pattern of repetition; to this is added some clashing trills in m. 3; the texture of one of these patterns thickens to parallel major thirds in m. 5 and to parallel augmented triads in m. 7, with a slower moving layer being added in m. 5; in m. 9 a pattern of clashing polyrhythms is introduced, with each beat being divided into 1, 4, 6, and 8 parts; there are fast chromatic sweeps in the lower voices and faster chromatic sweeps in the upper voices; these outer sweeps often, but not always, move in contrary motion; throughout this process, all voices in the texture modulate up by one or two half steps at the beginning of each measure; there are parallel major triads in m. 9, parallel minor triads in m. 11, parallel minor-major 7ths in m. 13, and parallel augmented triads and whole-tone chords in m. 15; all of these conflicting patterns create the chaotic feeling of an angry mob

advance plot | angry | anxious | augmented triad | chromatic parallelism | chromatic scale | friend | leading lady | minor-major 7th chord | mob | mobbing | ostinato | polyrhythm | room | tense | whole-tone chord