The Bach-Vivaldi A-Minor Concerto for Four Pianos
PLAYS OVER a series of family album photographs.
Written in careful penmanship beneath each are
names identifying family members:
A man stands in front of the raised
sounding board of a piano, playing the viola.
Seated on the piano bench, accompanying him, is a
woman in a maternity dress:
"Isabelle and Nicholas"
A boy of 11, wearing conductor's tails
and holding a raised baton in his right hand as if
about to gesture a downbeat:
"Herbert Kreutzer Dupea"
Another boy of approximately 9, in the
act of playing the violin:
"Carl Fidelio Dupea"
The two boys are now poised behind the
piano. Seated on its bench is a girl of 6, her
hands resting on the keyboard. Written beneath:
"Elizabeth Partita Dupea"
The above family group, seated on the
porch of the Dupea home. All eyes but Isabelle's
are faced toward the camera. She beams upon a 3
year-old asleep in her arms, his head resting
against her bosom. His figure is encircled by the
pen's marking and preceding his name is the
configuration of a small heart:
"Robert Eroica Dupea"
INT. MUSIC ROOM - DUPEA HOME - DAY
A 7-year-old BOBBY sits in a chair, his feet
dangling in absent-minded rhythm to a chamber piece
played by his father, his two brothers and his
CLOSE ON a metronome, marking a slow etude rhythm.
The CAMERA MOVES from it to Bobby, on the piano
bench beside his mother. As she patiently
demonstrates the etude for him, he places a thumb
in his mouth and leans against her arm.
ON THE METRONOME at an andante rhythm. CARL and
TITA, now in their teens, are seated side by side
on the piano bench, playing four-hands with
The CAMERA MOVES from them to a framed newspaper
article on the music-room wall. Below a photograph
of a 20-year-old young man are the words: "Herbert
Kreutzer Dupea - Seattle's Youngest Guest
INT. RECITAL HALL GREEN ROOM - NIGHT
Bobby, at 10, wearing a dress suit. His mother
combs his hair with maternal concentration.
CLOSE-UP of a program announcing a Dupea family
recital. The CAMERA SCANS down the bill, over:
Sonata in C Major for Two Violins - Bach - Played
by Nicholas and Carl Dupea.
Like As a Lovelorn Turtle - Hendel - Sung by
Rondo Alla Turca - Mozart - Played by Elizabeth
Piano Sonata, Opus 110 - Beethoven - Played by
The CAMERA COMES to rest on:
Five Easy Pieces - Grebner - Played by Robert
INT. MORTUARY CHAPEL - DAY
Five Easy Pieces, played haltingly OVER the torsos
of a line of people moving slowly down the chapel
shows a solemn procession of the above, filing by
an open casket holding Isabelle Dupea.
ON THE FAMILY PEW
The CAMERA PANS from NICHOLAS, seated on the aisle,
to the four adult children seated next to him and
COMES TO REST on Bobby. His gaze is cast down to
his lap, as he refuses to look at:
The pale profile of his mother's face resting
within the satin folds of the casket lining, and...
... as the last of the "family friends" pay their
Nicholas steps out into the aisle and,
followed by Tita, Carl and HERBERT, moves down
toward the casket.
Bobby rises from his seat and makes his way toward
the aisle, where he hesitates briefly, then turns
and walks up the aisle and out the chapel doors.
EXT. SIGNAL HILL OIL FIELD - DAY
TAMMY WYNETTE'S "STAND BY YOUR MAN" OVER: