"Bohemian Rhapsody" Essay by Botchan

"Bohemian Rhapsody"
A poetical analysis of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".
# 45148 | 981 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2003 | GB
Published on Sep 17, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , Music Studies (Contemporary) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper looks at Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" from a poetic perspective. "Bohemian Rhapsody" was written in 1975 by the British rock band Queen, whose lead singer Freddie Mercury died in 1991 from AIDS. It looks at how it is one of the world's most popular all-time songs and how it is an epic work that belongs to the musical genre "Rock-Opera". It focuses on the themes of the song and analyzes its structure and lyrics to search for deeper meaning.

From the Paper:

"Queen's songs are characterized by being melodious, harmonious, and unique. Queen's songs are instantly enjoyable and appear simple but when we look at them closer they are actually quite complex. On an unconscious level, people can perceive many musical devices at work - like a tasteful change of key or a special chord or rhythm pattern. This enhances the beauty of the melody. Listeners that are more musically learned tend to notice such tricks right on the spot, whereas little children and throwaway-music listeners are less affected by special compositional devices. Queen use many compositional tricks."

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