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22 March 2019

Cue of the Week: “Ghosts of the Past”

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In the film Valkyrie* this music cue accompanies a haunting admission about the protagonist’s past. Since this is a supernatural thriller, the music maintains the “something extra-normal is going on” sensibility even while maintaining sympathy for a teenage girl who lost her parents.

This score has more of a central motif than a theme – a pair of minor thirds that here are echoed by two celli. The cello has represented the protagonist’s brooding underworld associate, and the second cello enters at the moment when their friendship seems to solidify.

* No relation to the Tom Cruise film of the same title.

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