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"Dimanche bleu"

Title Dimanche bleu
ComposerF.G.J. Absil
Instrum.Studio Orchestra
StyleFilm Music
KeyC - Eb
Tempo80 BPM


A musical score excerpt
  • Accordion, Lead Electric Guitar, Electronic Organ, Bass Guitar;
  • Synthesizer Lead, Synthesizer Pad (Atmospheric Flute, Rich Strings), Synthesizer Bass;
  • Horns in F 1-2-3-4;
  • Harp, Suspended Cymbal, Bar Chimes;
  • String Section: Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Contrabass.


This melodic, moderate tempo tonal film music cue is in 3/4 meter; the key is C major. The form is A-A-A'-B-A, repeating the main theme in different instrumentation. The waltz melody is characterized by leapwise motion, based on two opening contrary motion axes, and a fairly wide compass. The length of the melody is 4+4+6+4=18 measures, with the highest pitch e2 in m. 14, before descending towards the tonic pitch.

  • (m. 1-18) The first statement A1 of the main theme is for solo accordion with a simple dry electric guitar arpeggio accompaniment in 8th notes.
  • [A] (m. 19-36) The second statement A2 is for solo violin in the mid-high register. The background contains two elements: pizzicato string accents and sustained harmonies in the synthesizer (distant, with lots of reverb).
  • [B] (m. 37-54) With a harp glissando there is a sudden change to the third statement A'3 in the key of Eb major. The lead is played by the first violins and a distorted electric lead guitar. There is a countermelody for unison French horns. This is the dynamic climax of the piece.
  • [C] (m. 55-62) The bridge B is a modulating transition, leading back to the original key. Over an electronic organ sustained harmony background the lead guitar plays a motif based on the first four measures of the main theme.
  • [D] (m. 63-82) The final statement A4 confirms the bridge form with the melody returning in the accordion (first half) and solo violin (second half, low-mid register).