Roy Shield's Musical Transitions For Radio

"... will fulfill a great demand for music of this nature. These compositions have been carefully selected from many thousands written by the composer for radio shows as being the most adaptable to the greatest number of dramatic situations which might occur in radio programs. They are broadly classified as Pay-Offs, Neutrals, Montages and Dramatic Transitions.

The many musical moods that the compositions express will be of great value not only to radio pianists, organists and musical directors, but to radio schools and universities that have radio courses in their curriculum."

—from the PREFACE to the sheet music, 1946
Copyright 1946 BREGMAN, VOCCO and CONN, Inc., 1619 Broadway, New York, N.Y.

Folio 1 (Timings refer to the CD release)
Montages
1 Montage No. 1 (2:03)
This composition will be found very useful if series of “stingers” is needed. The chords may be played in rotation or chromatically.

2 Montage No. 2 (1:15)
For exciting dramatic episodes

3 Montage No. 3 (1:12)
Slow. Beginning at 6th bar music is heavy and emotional with dramatic climax.

4 Montage No. 4 (1:01)
March. Each whole note beginning at 7th bar may be held under dialogue and following bar played as up-line in montage

5 Montage No. 5 (1:45)
Impressive (dramatic) – Neutral – Slow (dramatic

6 Montage No. 6 (0:56)
Sneering, dark deeds

7 Montage No. 7 (1:51)
Train scenes

8 Montage No. 8 (0:57)
“All goes well”

9 Montage No. 9 (1:15)
Slow – for things that happen in the darkness such as robberies – other unpleasant things

10 Montage No. 10 (0:47)
Frenzied happenings

11 Montage No. 11 (1:15)
To tag big scene

Pay-offs
12 Pay-Off No. 1 (0:12)
Suitable for final pay-off; curtain for gay or happy endings

13 Pay-Off No. 2 (0:29)
Slowly & softly. First 2 bars may be played under dialogue and chord with fermata at end of 2nd bar held softly until cue for 6/8

14 Pay-Off No. 3 (0:22)
Final curtain for sad, serious, mournful type of ending

15 Pay-Off No. 4 (0:4
Part A may be used as semi-final pay-off and part B as neutral; part C may be played alone or as pay-off

16 Pay-Off No. 5 (0:37)
Heravy – passionate – remorse – finale

17 Pay-Off No. 6 (0:21)
Married

18 Pay-Off No. 7 (0:12)
Important event

19 Pay-Off No. 8 (0:18)
Dignified

20 Pay-Off No. 9 (0:10)
Final punctuation

21 Pay-Off No. 10 (0:59)
Music may play under scene

22 Pay-Off No. 11 (0:20)
Gay – enthusiastic – joyful

23 Pay-Off No. 12 (0:48)
Gay. Part A may be used to pay-off a scene needing space. Part B is neutral in character under dialogue

24 Pay-Off No. 13 (0:16)
Begin at A (bar 5) for TRANSITION denoting firmness. Also for steps (fairly fast stride)

25 Pay-Off No. 14 (0:16)
Happy – Lively

26 Pay-Off No. 15 (0:17)
Playful – Slightly “goofy”

27 Pay-Off No. 16 (0:20)
Laughing – sneering – ironical

28 Pay-Off No. 17 (0:46)
Fast Run Off – pyramids – grotesque

29 Pay-Off No. 18 (0:18)
Restless

30 Pay-Off No. 19 (0:42)
For religious ending – important event

Neutrals
31 Neutral No. 1 (0:55)
Not too serious – reflective, slowly

32 Neutral No. 2 (0:43)
Quiet to big emotional climax to quiet

33 Neutral No. 3 (0:29)
May be used as theme for some important personage

34 Neutral No. 4 (0:39)
Rather gay

35 Neutral No. 5 (0:47)
Effusive – almost “gushy”

36 Neutral No. 6 (0:09)
Very dramatic or sneery or nonchalant

37 Neutral No. 7 (0:29)
In Love

38 Neutral No. 8 (0:36)
Quiet to peak and down

39 Neutral No. 9 (0:21)
May be used to follow a pleasant laugh

40 Neutral No. 10 (0:38)
Action, punch – Very pleasant thoughts

43 Neutral No. 13 (0:35)
Suitable for quiet scene background and up to finale

44 Neutral No. 14 (0:24)
Firm – determined

45 Neutral No. 15 (1:24)
For sobbing (first 7 bars)

46 Neutral No. 16 (0:37)
Desire

Dramatics
47 Dramatic Transition No. 1 (0:15)
For big emotional peak

48 Dramatic Transition No. 2 (0:47)
Hesitation to determination

49 Dramatic Transition No. 3 (0:21)
Agitaion and worry

50 Dramatic Transition No. 4 (0:30)
First 3 bars for “villains”;
from 4th bar on – “neutral”.

51 Dramatic Transition No. 5 (0:26)
For frightening,mysterious scenes

52 Dramatic Transition No. 6 (0:27)
Stern, for judges’ decision, etc.

53 Dramatic Transition No. 7 (1:06)
First 2 bars Part A may be used alone. Beginning at Part B under dialogue. Letter C for pay-off dramatic

54 Dramatic Transition No. 8 (0:29)
For intense dramatic situations

55 Dramatic Transition No. 9 (0:24)
Unsettled situations

56 Dramatic Transition No. 10 (1:10)
For mental terror – murder – eerie scenes

57 Dramatic Transition No. 11 (0:27)
Strong dramatic happenings

58 Dramatic Transition No. 12 (0:34)
Big - emotional

59 Dramatic Transition No. 13 (1:29)
Slow walk in connection with fear, mystery

60 Dramatic Transition No. 14 (0:52)
Sneaking – crawling

61 Dramatic Transition No. 15 (0:33)
To top emotional scene

62 Dramatic Transition No. 16 (0:21)
Smell of death

63 Dramatic Transition No. 17 (0:26)
It could be murder

64 Dramatic Transition No. 18 (0:36)
“Stingers”

65 Dramatic Transition No. 19 (0:22)
Dramatic or laughing

66 Dramatic Transition No. 20 (0:15)
Laugh or sneer of heavy dramatic

67 Dramatic Transition No. 21 (0:45)
Emotional

68 Dramatic Transition No. 22 (0:45)
Emotional

69 Dramatic Transition No. 23 (0:39)
Dark scenes at night

70 Dramatic Transition No. 24 (3:26)
Processional – Dignified – Religious

71 Dramatic Transition No. 25 (2:09)
“Low to High” (In hell – up to heaven)

72 Dramatic Transition No. 26 (0:53)
Intense excitement – screaming – horror

73 Dramatic Transition No. 27 (0:47)
Fright – pain – breathless

74 Dramatic Transition No. 28 (0:37)
Suitable for many types of prison scenes

75 Dramatic Transition No. 29 (0:38)
Passion – anger

76 Dramatic Transition No. 30 (1:10)
Dramatic – machinery creaking – sad

77 Dramatic Transition No. 31 (0:31)
Jungle – war scenes

78 Dramatic Transition No. 32 (0:24)
River scenes – chugging of boat

79 Dramatic Transition No. 33 (0:53)
Hysterical laugh

Total Time Folio 1 — 01:01:14

Folio 2
Montages
1 Montage No. 12 (1:01)
Strictly neutral at the beginning up to dissonances

2 Montage No. 13 (3:05)
Villainous

3 Montage No. 14 (0:59)
Fiendish – cackling – sneering

4 Montage No. 15 (1:34)
First 2 bars may be played as someone prowling or mysterious. High chords suitable for cold weather. Last 5 bars for pay-off.

5 Montage No. 16 (0:58)
Slow, crying, weeping.
Start at bar 6 for sneak under death scene.

6 Montage No. 17 (1:43)
Suitable for many situations

7 Montage No. 18 (3:14)
For almost any situation

8 Montage No. 19 (1:42)
Intense excitement

9 Montage No. 20 (0:46)
Action

10 Montage No. 21 (1:07)
Action

11 Montage No. 22 (1:28)
First chord may be played an octave higher for scream

Pay-off
12 Pay-Off No. 20 (1:28)
Important scene

13 Pay-Off No. 21 (0:53)
Emotional ending

14 Pay-Off No. 22 (0:22)
Serious to happy ending

15 Pay-Off No. 23 (0:15)
Bridge from emotional scene

16 Pay-Off No. 24 (0:29)
Strange – weird – comedy

17 Pay-Off No. 25 (0:32)
Quiet curtain (reflective)

18 Pay-Off No. 26 (1:29)
Part A may be used for any ending of emo-tional nature and ended either soft or loud
At B the beginning may be used for almost any highly dramatic, slightly tragic ending.

19 Pay-Off No. 27 (0:47)
For exaggerated and unusual scenes

20 Pay-Off No. 28 (0:26)
Slow to fast curtain

21 Pay-Off No. 29 (1:20)
Religious or peaceful ending

22 Pay-Off No. 30 (0:36)
Final curtain beginning under dialogue – satisfactory ending

23 Pay-Off No. 31 (0:19)
Final curtain

24 Pay-Off No. 32 (0:42)
Tense ending for heavy drama

25 Pay-Off No. 33 (0:25)
For egotistic person or eccentric neurotic

26 Pay-Off No. 34 (0:17)
Light – neutral

27 Pay-Off No. 35 (0:15)
Decisive action

28 Pay-Off No. 36 (0:15)
The burlesque hero

29 Pay-Off No. 37 (0:41)
Fast ending for scene. Last six bars may be used for zero cold or mysterious lonely effect

30 Pay-Off No. 38 (0:08)
"Up and down" (Skippy)

31 Pay-Off No. 39 (0:20)
Final curtain

32 Pay-Off No. 40 (0:24)
Quiet scene to intense one
(growing excitement)

33 Pay-Off No. 41 (0:38)
Good for many situations

Neutrals
34 Neutral No. 17 (0:19)
Moving transitions

35 Neutral No. 18 (0:35)
Vague situations

36 Neutral No. 19 (0:16)
Questioning – undecided

37 Neutral No. 20 (0:14)
Firmness

38 Neutral No. 21 (0:21)
Not much going on

39 Neutral No. 22 (0:18)
For happy anticipation

40 Neutral No. 23 (0:40)
Western or hillbilly

41 Neutral No. 11 (0:32)
Suitable for many situations

42 Neutral No. 12 (0:18)
Joyous, happy

43 Neutral No. 26 (0:16)
“Up and down” (very sweet)

44 Neutral No. 27 (0:39)
Pleasant and sentimental

45 Neutral No. 28 (0:25)
Happy

46 Neutral No. 29 (0:13)
For a quick pay-off

47 Neutral No. 30 (1:07)
For rhythmical play-off of scene

48 Neutral No. 31 (0:33)
Comedy situations

49 Neutral No. 32 (0:25)
Sarcastic laugh (in slang: a horse laugh)

50 Neutral No. 33 (0:45)
Happy scenes

51 Neutral No. 34 (2:54)
Monastery or church scene. Quiet – peaceful

Dramatics
52 Dramatic Transition No. 34 (0:45)
Despair

53 Dramatic Transition No. 35 (0:21)
Villainous laugh - comedy laugh
(Cackle – old man)

54 Dramatic Transition No. 36 (0:22)
Anger – fright

55 Dramatic Transition No. 37 (0:31)
Ominous walk

56 Dramatic Transition No. 38 (0:20)
Rain

57 Dramatic Transition No. 39 (0:25)
Quiet to traffic noise

58 Dramatic Transition No. 40 (0:26)
For intense dramatic scenes

59 Dramatic Transition No. 41 (0:39)
Pyramids – questioning

60 Dramatic Transition No. 42 (0:31)
Pyramids – typewriter

61 Dramatic Transition No. 43 (0:31)
Old-fashioned chase

62 Dramatic Transition No. 44 (0:34)
Crescendo to top and exciting scene

63 Dramatic Transition No.45 (0:51)
Hysterical

64 Dramatic Transition No. 46 (0:27)
For action; transition

65 Dramatic Transition No. 47 (0:33)
Approaching footsteps (sinister)

66 Dramatic Transition No. 48 (0:29)
Strong emotions

67 Dramatic Transition No. 49 (1:07)
Somber to bright light

68 Dramatic Transition No. 50 (0:35)
Menacing

69 Dramatic Transition No. 51 (0:19)
Stern

70 Dramatic Transition No. 52 (0:29)
Can be played fast and loud, as an agitato; or slow, like a nasty laugh.
Last 8 bars suitable for pay-off.

71 Dramatic Transition No. 53 (0:12)
Heavy emotion

72 Dramatic Transition No. 54 (0:22)
Mock heroic

73 Dramatic Transition No. 55 (0:32)
Transition from doubt to hope
(or approaching dawn)

74 Dramatic Transition No. 56 (0:17)
Grotesque; comical or lazy shuf

75 Dramatic Transition No. 57 (0:21)
Lackadaisical saunter

76 Dramatic Transition No. 58 (0:47)
Chinese

77 Dramatic Transition No. 59 (0:34)
Tugging – Falling

78 Dramatic Transition No. 60 (0:57)
For night scenes

79 Dramatic Transition No. 61 (0:35)
Mysterious or comedy scenes

Total Time Folio 2 — 0:59:52

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