Killer Queen by Queen

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  • 6 finger clicks
    • monophonic
    • starting on third beat of first  bar
    • 1) introduction
      • STRUCTURE
        • 2) verse 1
        • 3) chorus 1
          • 4 bars + echo/asnwer
            • 3 bars (dovetails with nest section)
              • anacrusis from verse 1
        • 4) instrumental
          • 4 bars where 1st bar dovetails with the end of the chorus
        • 7) guitar solo part 1
        • 8) guitar solo part 2
        • 10) chorus
        • KILLER QUEEN - BY QUEEN
          • RHYTHM
            • extending phrases
              • by 6/8
            • tempo
              • moderato
            • verse + chorus
              • begin with anacrusis
            • use of syncopation
              • bars 3,7,8
          • MEMBERS
            • Freddie Mercury
              • lead singer + pianist
            • Brian May
              • lead guitar + backing vocals
            • John Deacon
              • bass guitar
            • Roger Taylor
              • drums + backing vocals
  • 3-bar phrase with last bar half-spoken
    • 4-bar phrase oscillating between Cm + Bb7 chords
      • 5-bar phrase ending with a rhythmic 'trip'
      • 2) verse 1
      • begins with anacrusis
  • shorter than chorus 1
    • consisting of only 1st 4-bar phrase
  • SCORING
    • lead vocal (tenor)
      • 3+4 part harmony
      • Freddie Mercury
    • piano
      • Freddie Mercury
      • overdubbed with ****** tonk
    • guitar
      • overdubbing to create a richer sound
      • Brian May
    • bass guitar
      • John Deacon
      • largely doubled by LH piano part
    • Use Of;
      • tremalo
      • bends
      • vibrato
      • slides
      • palm mute
    • KILLER QUEEN - BY QUEEN
      • RHYTHM
        • extending phrases
          • by 6/8
        • tempo
          • moderato
        • verse + chorus
          • begin with anacrusis
        • use of syncopation
          • bars 3,7,8
      • MEMBERS
        • Freddie Mercury
          • lead singer + pianist
        • Brian May
          • lead guitar + backing vocals
        • John Deacon
          • bass guitar
        • Roger Taylor
          • drums + backing vocals
  • MELODY
    • same falling fifth motif
      • forms a modified falling sequence
      • used in chorus
    • backing vocals
      • 3+4 part harmonies
      • sometimes includes vocables
    • word-setting
      • almost entirely syllabic
    • lack of word-painting
      • (other than slide) to emphasise sarcasm 'queen' in chorus
    • phaser effect
      • 'laser beam'
  • initially moves in small intervals
    • gets progressively wider
    • rising an octave in bars 20-21
    • MELODY
      • same falling fifth motif
        • forms a modified falling sequence
        • used in chorus
      • backing vocals
        • 3+4 part harmonies
        • sometimes includes vocables
      • word-setting
        • almost entirely syllabic
      • lack of word-painting
        • (other than slide) to emphasise sarcasm 'queen' in chorus
      • phaser effect
        • 'laser beam'
  • compound quadruplel
    • 12/8
  • melody and accomp
    • homophonic
  • 4 part harmonies in backing vocals
    • guitar parts in parallel 3rds in instrumental after chorus
    • harmonies
      • 3 part texture in guitar solo
      • TEXTURE
        • immitation
        • homophonic
        • chordal
          • brief contrapuntal fragments
            • in accomp (polyphonic)
  • shape
    • gradually increasing in density from a light-textured start
    • TEXTURE
      • immitation
      • chordal
        • brief contrapuntal fragments
          • in accomp (polyphonic)
  • at start + end of chorus
    • HARMONY
      • chords
        • mainly diatonic
        • occasional chromatic chords
      • chordal position
        • mainly in root position triads
    • verses start in Cm
      • TONALITY
        • Eb major
          • ends with perfect cadence in Eb major
          • some tonal ambiguity

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