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  • By Trina Meersman Music 1010: Introduction to Music Freddie Mercury: Queen
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  • Biography Born September 5, 1946 Zanzibar, Tanzania Birth name: Fahrrokh Bomi Bulsara Parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara One sister Kashmira born in 1952
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  • Biography Attended St. Peters Boarding School in Panchgani, India at the age of 7. First piano lessons Received the nickname Freddie
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  • Biography 1958-1962 Pianist in his first band at the age of 12 The Hectics Graduated from St. Peters in 1962 at the age of 16
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  • Biography 1963 Family fled Zanzibar during the Zanzibar Revolution and moved to Great Britain.
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  • Biography 1963 Enrolled at Ealing College of Art to study Art and Design Met Roger Taylor and Brian May Guitarists in a local band Smile Jointed Ibex as lead singer August 23, 1969 Performed in front of paying audience for the first time. Elvis Presleys Jailhouse Rock
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  • Biography Convinced Ibex to change name to Wreckage. Band broke up soon after. Joined Sour Milk Sea Left band after three shows Roger Taylor & Brian May left Smile and joined Freddie. 1971 Met John Deacon Queen was formed Freddie adopted the stage name Freddie Mercury
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  • Biography Freddie helped design Queens logo. All four band members birth signs were used.
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  • Biography Record labels were confused by Queens unique musical stylings. Musical influences were: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, The Who and Liza Minnelli, to name a few. Vocal Range of 4 Octaves Mercury has an extra row of back teeth. He wouldnt remove them out of fear that it would change his voice. First studio session with Trident Studios. Made two tracks Tracks were released as promotional bits rather than commercially
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  • BIOGRAPHY I always knew I was a star, and now the rest of the world seems to agree with me. Freddie Mercury Signed to Record Label 1973 released first album Self titled Queen Toured with Mott The Hoople Was said Freddies performance was more than a support act. Possibly upstaged the main act
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  • BIOGRAPHY 1974 Released second self titled album Queen II First song to hit UK charts Seven Seas of Rhye Written by Freddie Mercury I challenge the mighty titan and his troubadours And with a smile I'll take you to the seven seas of Rhye ~ Freddie Mercury
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  • BIOGRAPHY 1974 Released 3 rd Album Sheer Heart Attack Breakthrough son Killer Queen First single released hit UK Charts at No. 2 and United States at No. 12
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  • Biography 1975 Offered 1 st US Tour SOLD OUT Venues in several countries. Released 4 th Album Night at the Opera Featured Bohemian Rhapsody Fusion of Rock and Opera Topped the UK Charts for 9 weeks Reached No. 9 in the US
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  • Biography I'm as gay as a daffodil, my dear! Freddie Mercury Speculations brewed regarding Freddies personal life Openly Gay 1974 1989 Withdrew from the public Revealed to friends and family that he had AIDS.
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  • Biography 1991 Last Album Innuendo released. Mercurys physical appearance, privacy and lack of a scheduled tour date for Innuendo increased suspicions more. November 23, 1991 Mercury released a statement confirming AIDS November 24, 1991 Freddie Mercury died from AIDS- related Bronchial Pneumonia at his home in London. He didnt want to be looked at as an object of pity and curiosity, and he didnt want circling vultures over his head, Taylor said. (Biography) If I had to do it all over again? Why not, I would do it a little bit differently. Freddie Mercury, Freddie Mercury A Life, In His Own Words
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  • Composition History Bohemian Rhapsody Written by Freddie Mercury Album: Night At The Opera Released 1975 5:55 minute Rock Operetta Recorded after a 3-week rehearsal on August 24, 1975 So elaborate, band members were recorded separately No 1 on UK charts for 9 consecutive weeks First Top 10 single in the United States Its one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it. I think that people should just listen to it, think about it and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them.
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  • Composition History Killer Queen Breakthrough-Turning Point Song Written by Freddie Mercury 3 rd Album: Sheer Heart Attack Released November 8, 1974 No 2 on UK Charts First time on US Charts No 12 Mercury wrote song first then music 2:59 minute song Mercury wrote song in 1 night First Queen song not driven by a guitar single
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  • Composition History Dont Stop Me Now Composed by Freddie Mercury Written for 7 th Album Jazz Released 1978 March of 1979 on Billboard charts for 4 weeks Only peaked to No 86 in US Reached Top 10 in UK at No 9 Used in many media clips for commercials and movies. First of their singles recorded on a cassette. Prior singles were recorded on Vinyl. Brian May recorded guitar solo onto track after original recording.
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  • Composition History Crazy Little Thing Called Love Composed by Freddie Mercury in 1979 1980 Album The Game Tribute to Elvis Many mistake the song for Elvis himself No 2 on UK Charts in 1979 February 23, 1980 No 1 for 4 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 Song was written in ~ 5-10 minutes Crazy Little Thing Called Love took me five or ten minutes. I did that on the guitar, which I can't play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords. It's a good discipline because I simply had to write within a small framework. I couldn't work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think. ~ Freddie Mercury
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  • Bohemian Rhapsody Listening Guide 00:00 The opening 14 seconds is a harmonized vocal that sets the tone for the song. 00:15 A piano enters dramatically to set the melody and tempo for the song. 00:26 The piano fades into a faint whisper almost and Freddie carries the melody and tempo with his voice. 00:30 The piano again becomes prominent and does battle against the vocal power of Mercury. 00:40 As the tempo appears to gain momentum, there are subtle synthesized sounds that add a free flowing affect. 00:45 The piano and vocals build up to a transition of tone and tempo. 00:50 The song transitions with the piano playing the melody and tempo. 00:55 The vocals enter in a dramatic almost ominous tone, thus setting the mood. 01:19 The vocal inflections build up and culminate into a loud symbol crash. 01:20 Percussion enters to carry the rhythm and tempo. The piano continues to carry the melody. 01:30 The vocals vary in pitch and duration to draw attention to the mood. 01:43 There is a transition back to the somber melody set by the piano in the beginning. 01:55 It then transitions back to vocals in an ominous tone, with the percussion and piano. 02:03 As he says, shivers down my spine, you here a bell tree imitating shivering. 02:18 An electric guitar enters to help build intensity. The tempo gradually increases to change the mood. 02:35 The other instruments fall into the background and vocals die off as the electric guitar takes over in a dramatic solo. This makes the transition from a ballad format to more operatic format. 03:03 Everything stops abruptly to solidify the change 03:04 The piano enters to set the new mood, rhythm, and melody; soon accompanied by vocals to add affect.
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  • Bohemian Rhapsody Listening Guide Cont 03:12 The bass, tympani, and piano the dynamically rise up along with the multiple vocals heard. 03:15 There is an alternating vocal at this point of the same lyric as if they are calling out to Galileo. 03:23 There is a quick transition back to the ballad format with vocals and piano. 03:28 The percussion brings the mood and tempo back abruptly. 03:32 The piano takes the mood and tempo back down to set the next transition. 03:38 The vocals and percussion seem to have a battle for control. This builds up in intensity as we approach a guitar solo. 03:55 The vocals and percussion come together and continue to build and increase in tempo. 04:00 You can hear the guitar subtly in the background as the vocals hold in duration. The percussion as well has some dramatic rhythmic beats. 04:07 The guitar begins to blare as a brief transition solo begins. The percussion sets a moderate tempo and rhythmic beat. This symbolizes the transition from operatic format to hard rock. 04:15-04:53 The beat rhythm is steady. The vocals are aggressive. The guitar drives the melody up and down and all around. 04:53 The piano re- enters to bring down the tempo, melody and rhythm. 04:57 The vocals re-enter in the operatic style of previous. 05:07 The style changes again back to the ballad format. 05:27 The piano takes over the melody and tempo. 05:36 There is a brief little guitar riff carrying us toward the conclusion 05:47 05:55 A loud crash of a Tam-tam takes the sound out as everything fades away
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  • Killer Queen Listening Guide 00:00 The first 2 seconds are rhythmic snapping to set the tempo 00:02 Vocals enter to begin the melody 00:07 Piano takes over the rhythm and tempo and sets the melody. 00:11 Drums and guitar enter to keep the tempo 00:20 Vocal inflection to draw attention to a transition. 00:27 Chorus begins, multiple octave changes 00:39 Trans