Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger

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OASIS - Don't Look Back In Anger

Circumstances of Performance (When, where and why)

  • Noel Gallagher influenced by John Lennon and The Beatles
  • We can see this in (bars 2 + 4)
  • Reference to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's protest through lyrics in (bars 13-16) :
    "So I start a revolution from my head
    Cos you said the brain I had went to my head"
  • Release in 1995

Tonality (Key)

  • C major
  • Some Passing modulations, A minor by E chord (bar 6)
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Performing Forces (Interesting and unusual features)

  • Melletron strings
  • Tambourine - percussion

Texture (Layers)

  • Melody dominated homophony, vocals supported by a choral accompaniment on piano, guitar and drums
  • Guitar licks create counterpoint (bars 7+10)
  • Strings in octaves - thickens melody

Melody (Tune)

  • Use of a pentatonic scale (C-D-E-G-A)
  • Mainly Syllabic
  • Some use of melisma on words such as 'mind', 'find' and 'play'
  • vocals conjunct and disjunct (step + leap)
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Harmony (Chords)

  • Mainly root position triads
  • Largely diatonic, apart from use of substitute chord of F minor
  • Some 7th chords (bar 13, Fm7)
  • G# diminished (bar 64)
  • Harmonic Rhythm, change chords every 2 beats

Rhythm (Time Signature)

  • Steady 4/4
  • Drum filles (bar 5)
  • Anacrusis in drums (bar 4)
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OASIS - Don't Look Back In Anger

Structure (Sections)

  • Intro (bars 1-4)
  • Verse 1(bars 5-12)
  • Pre-chorus (bars 13-24)
  • Chorus (bars 25-31)
  • Link (bars 32-35)
  • Verse 2 (repeat of bars 5-12)
  • Pre-chorus (repeat of bars 13-24)
  • Chorus (repeat of bars 25-28, followed by 29-32)
  • Instrumental (bars 33-44)
  • Chorus (bars 45-52)
  • Chorus (bars 53-61)
  • Coda (bars 62-65)
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