Killer Queen

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  • Killer Queen
    • Tonality
      • In Eb major
        • modulates to Bb major (dominant)- Chorus 1 (b15) and chorus 3 (b70)
          • Ends in Eb major
    • Structure
      • Verse-chorus form
      • Every verse an chorus begins wit an anacrusis
    • Harmony
      • Chords in root position
        • Some in 1st and 2nd inversion
      • Pedal used (b27)
      • Imperfect cadence (b61)
      • Circle of 5ths (b20)
      • Extended chord (b58)
        • Arppeggiated bell chords (b55)
      • Backing vocals
        • Sing vocables in verses
        • Sing words in choruses
    • Melody
      • Syllabic
      • Mix of conjunct and disjunct movement
      • Small leaps bur some large ones
        • major 6th used (b6-7)
          • Ocatave leap (b62)
    • Context
      • Performed by Queen
        • Words and music by Freddie Mercury
      • In album 'Sheer Heart Attack'- 1974
      • About an upper class prostitute
    • Texture
      • Mainly homophonic
        • Polyphonic at verse 2
        • Imitation (b48)
        • Layering
    • Instruments
      • Brian Deacon- bass
      • Roger Taylor- drum kit
      • Freddie Mercury- vocals + piano
        • Tenor voice- reaches falsetto (b11)
      • Brian May- elec guitar
    • Rhythm, metre & tempo
      • Moderato
      • 12/8           6/8 (b10, 34, 58, 69)
      • Syncopation (b44)
      • Triplets (b17)
      • Quavers are most dominant

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