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Analysis of Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Submitted by: Lotheriveter1
  • on April 1, 2014
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 916 words

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In 1975, Queen put out a six minute single called “Bohemian Rhapsody”. This song is known for its unpredictability, with lots of tempo changes, key changes and unique phrasing. Bohemian Rhapsody has no chorus, and each section seems to have little in common, as a result of being in different tempos and keys. The instrumentation in the song includes vocals, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. In this song queen used a combination of piano ballad, Italian opera, and hard rock, as well as multi vocal tracking in which they used to record up to 80 voices in a single bar.
      Bohemian Rhapsody has many different types of textures and would be difficult to put into one category of texture. The intro to the song begins with the members singing an a cappella four-part harmony that portrays a monophonic texture. Around 15 seconds into the song the Piano enters putting the song in a homophonic texture due to Freddy Mercury’s vocals being the main melody, and the piano and back up vocals being the harmony. For most of the rest of the song homophonic texture is fairly persistent. The only exclusion to this is pointed out in the operatic section (Around three minutes into the song to four minutes into the song) where dynamically the section is swiftly and abruptly alternating from instruments, to a cappella in return also from homophonic texture to monophonic texture. This effect helps to add to the dramatics and climaxing of the song.
      Bohemian Rhapsody goes through a constant of tempo changes during each section of the song. The intro kicks off at a very slow tempo, and then continues to speed up within each section of the song. The constant build up in tempo in this song is used in order to create stress, in order to mirror Freddy Mercury becoming more assertive and rising up to fight for what he believes in. In the last section of the song the tempo slows down to the original tempo used in the introduction section of the song. This happens in order to lower the emotion...

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