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  • Killer Queen
    • melody
      • word setting is mainly syllabic
      • backing vocals are use a mixture of words and vocables
      • melody starts off conjunct with small leaps
      • Bar 7-8 descending sequence
      • leaps are often a major 6th (B6-7)
      • Exceptionally large leap   of an octave in B62
    • Rhythm
      • verse and chorus starts with an anacrusis
      • feels swing (slightly jazzy)
      • Lots of syncopation (B44-6)
      • compound quadruple time (12/8) with an ocassional bar of 6/8
      • Triplets in B18
      • moderated tempo
    • Texture
      • Use of panning (42-3 in backing vocals)
      • use of imitation and layering
      • 3 part texture during guitar solo
      • antinphonal texture (67-8)
      • Main texture is homophonic
    • Genre
      • Rock song
      • By Queen 'sheer heart attack" 1974
    • harmony
      • Some chords in root postion ( a few in 1st or 2nd inversion
      • some dissonance (b30)
      • 7th chords (bar4)
      • Use of extended chords (Fadd11 in bar 47)
      • Pedal note B27-30)
      • circle of 5ths at 'recommend at the price' : A-Dm-G-C
    • Tonality
      • Key is in eb major
      • Starts in C minor and tonality is sometimes ambiguous
    • structure
      • Song or verse chorus form
      • verse 1 - chorus- instrumental- Verse 2- chorus- Verse 3 - chorus- outro
    • Instrumentation
      • Vocal part is performed by Freddie Mercury - a tenor voice
      • lead and backing vocals
      • Piano (overdubbed with honky tonk piano
      • Guirare: slides,bends, pull-offs,vibrato,
      • Recording techniques: multi tracking, EQ, Flanger, Distortion, Reverb, wah wah, panning, Overdubbing

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