Oasis - Don't look back in anger

AS Setworks 2011

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  • Created by: Joe
  • Created on: 26-04-11 20:04

Background

- Written in 1995

- Britpop

  • Guitar based band
  • Verse - chorus structure
  • Regular phrasing
  • Basic harmony
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Rhythm and metre

- 4/4

- Slower tempo in coda

- Backbeat

- Frequent anacrusis in vocal phrases

  • Note/group of notes before the first strong beat of a bar
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- Syncopation

- Cross-rhythmic groupings in guitar part (bar 37)

- Sextuplets in drum fills

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Melody and word-setting

- Syllabic

  • Except for melisma at phrase endings
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- C major pentatonic with blues notes

- Chromatic G#

- Range of a 9th (G to A)

- Octave leap in chorus on the words "And so"

- Guitar instrumental spans 3 octaves & has ornamentation

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Harmony

- Built on root position chords

- 2 main progressions are foundations for the song

  • The 1st is similar to Pachelbel's Canon in D
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- Occasional substitution chords e.g. F minor7

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Tonality

- C major throughout

  • Occasional chromatic notes
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Structure

- Introduction

- Verse, Pre-chorus and chorus

- Instrumental built on pre-chorus

- Coda

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Resources/Texture

- Melody-dominated homophony

- Broken-chord piano intro relates to John Lennon's "Imagine"

- Strummed guitars - also provide licks

- Lively bass line

- Strings in octaves as well as chords

- Drums

- Lead guitar solo in instrumental section

 

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