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Sebastian: Jazz04 Mar 2007 00:11
> Queen's "post-Races" period is considered to be less experimental than the period before (pre-News). Still we can find traces of new, up-to-date elements built into their music successively on each album up to Hot Space. The range of the length of the tracks (Jazz: 3:01-4:16 vs. Opera: 1:07-8:20) would make some people think that they started writing more "regular" songs. This is true, especially concerning the form. On the other hand, this album features a number of songs that are quite "progressive" in many subtle ways, even if they sound "normal" or "popular".

Very intelligent introduction, but I think it should be a comment for the album as a whole rather than 'Mustapha'.

As for that song's harmony, have you analysed the sub-sections using pitch axis?

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'Bicycle Race':

> The last three measures feature a very interesting chord progression: a downward chain of flat-3 steps: D > B > Ab. We can find a similar chord progression upwards in The March Of The Black Queen (1974). This progression creates an exciting feeling of continuous modulation because they are all "alien" chords in each-others harmonic territorry.

Although there's some interesting continuity there: each chord's fifth degree is the former's major third.

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'Dreamer's Ball':

> The second chorus is similarly backed, only with some differences: the vocal harmonies switch to a higher inversion, and lyrics add to them in measures 5-6, 11-12. The guitar harmony arrangement is varied, too (I won't get into details this time).

Please, do :)

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'Leaving Home':

> We have some chords of non-standard function, and they sound really "exotic" due to the dissonance with the static bottom-note, which keeps the key of A-major "alive".

Now, that's pitch-axis
1.PD 05 Mar 2007 09:33
The Mustapha text will be reworked and partly cut and pasted into the album article.

>Although there's some interesting continuity there: each chord's fifth degree
> is the former's major third.

Mustapha: the song was analysed primarly on the pitch-content of the subsections. The revised version is going to have less functional harmony analysis and more emphasis on modes.

Each chord is the Major sixth of the former, or V/iii or IV/ii.
Briefly said: a descending chain of Major sixths.


2.Sebastian 13 Jun 2011 14:47
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