Trope Workshop:Duet Mood Dissonance

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Alice and Bob are taking part in a duet, whether it be an original song produced for the show or an already-"established" piece used for the scene. However, while they might be performing the same song - and thus, more likely than not, singing about the same subject - how they feel about it couldn't be any more wildly different.

Despite the name, this Duet Mood Dissonance can involve a trio, quartet or more - the focal point is the difference in tone between two or more of the singers participating, which is usually accompanied by a change in instruments and key between their parts.

Compare and contrast Lyrical Dissonance, in which the lyrics themselves contrast with other aspects of the song.

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Examples of Duet Mood Dissonance include:


  • "I Remember It Well", from Gigi, crosses this trope with Rashomon Style. It's obvious that Honoré has happier memories of that day than Mamita does (not that hers are unhappy).

Oral Tradition, Folklore, Myths and Legends


  • A case occurs in "I Know Him So Well" from Chess, where Florence and Anatoly's wife both sing about how well they understand his needs and motivations... and may as well be describing two entirely different men.

Western Animation

Other Media