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I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)

Home > Film: I Was a Communist for the FBI > Theme: Communist > Instance: 0:00:09

Theme name: Communist
Borrowed from: The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
Start time: 0:00:09
End time: 0:00:26
Total duration: 0:00:17
Page #: 1
Measure #: 4
Scene: Main Title
Key: unstable
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 96
Marking: Faster
Instrumentation: orchestra, percussion

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Description: In addition to the tile and opening credits, we see a man standing at the end of a dark hallway; Steiner re-uses the main title from Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, but adds a march rhythm with snare drum and percussion, which creates an ominous driving feeling; the title comes in one word at a time, coordinated with the percussive rhythms
On-screen: Title of film
Music annotations: [m. 4] faster / both / sfz / sfz; [m. 5] sfz / sfz; [m. 6] sfz / sfz; [m. 7] risoluto / both / Murray: (at no time use [illegible] rythm); [m. 8] meno / dim
Film annotations: [m. 4] Title
Orchestration annotations: [m. 4] gong (make it separate) / timp; [m. 7] s dr; [m. 8] drs dim / pianos etc / strgs / W.W.; [m. 9] timp continues
Analysis: This cue uses parallel half-diminished seventh chords and parallel triads; in measure 4, Steiner compresses one measure of music from Clitterhouse into half a measure of music (diminution), then moves on to the oscillating tritone which sets up the march

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