Killer Queen: Harmony and Tonality

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  • Killer Queen: Harmony and Tonality
    • The song is in Eb major
    • Opening in C minor and closing on an E? major chord, the tonality is ambiguous at times. There are many passing modulations, strengthened by perfect cadences but often followed by parallel shifts, moving to a new key.
    • Most chords are in root position
    • Some chords are in first or second inversion
    • There is some use of dissonance (e.g. bar 30).
    • Seventh chords (e.g. bar 4).
    • Circle of fifths (e.g. bars 20–21)
    • Use of altered and extended chords (e.g. F11 bar 47).
    • Pedal used bars 27–30


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