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Freddie mercuryJohn HancockMusic 1010
Early lifeFreddie Mercury (Farookh Bulsara) was born September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar, Tanzania Freddie learned how to play the piano at age 7, and at age 12, started his own band known as The Hectics.
Early Life cont.When Freddie was 17, his family had to leave Zanzibar because of the Zanzibar Revolution.They moved to England and he earned a degree in art at the University of West London.
QueenIn April, 1970, Freddie Mercury began his life with Queen. He wrote the most hits out of all of the band members, including ten of the seventeen songs on their greatest hits album.He used a wide range of genres, from heavy metal to disco to progressive rock. He would use a wide range of chords and crazy harmonies, but he would always say that he could not read music. QUEEN CONT.As a live performer, people consider him to be one of the greatest performers of all time.David Bowie said, Of all the more theatrical rock performers, Freddie took it further than the rest... he took it over the edge. And of course, I always admired a man who wears tights. I only saw him in concert once and as they say, he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand."
SOLOHe did some of the music for the movie Metropolis, including the song Love Kills, which got to number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. His first solo album was called Mr. Bad Guy
dEATHIn the spring of 1987, the press had reported that Freddie Mercury had been diagnosed with AIDS.Freddie, however, denied it by saying that he actually tested negative for it. Freddie and Queen quit touring in 1988.Freddie and the rest of Queen made an appearance at the 1990 Brit Awards. At the award show, Freddie looked incredibly ill and a newspaper came out with a headline saying Its official, Freddie is terribly ill.Death cont.After the article, Freddie and his friends and colleagues continually denied that he was ill.A year later, On the 22nd of November, 1991, Freddie put out a statement that told the world that he had been diagnosed with AIDS. On the 24th of November, 1991, Freddie passed away at the age of 45. His official cause of death was Bronchial Pneumonia resulting from AIDS.History of Music CompositionsBohemian RhapsodyQueens 1975 album A Night at the Opera. Normally, most of the songs that Queen and Freddie wrote were all done in studio; however, Freddie had been working on this song since the late 1960s. Brian May, the bands guitarist, said, "Freddie was a very complex person: flippant and funny on the surface, but he concealed insecurities and problems in squaring up his life with his childhood. He never explained the lyrics, but I think he put a lot of himself into that song.The song has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.History of music compositionsBicycle Race1978 album JazzFreddie really was inspired by this song when he was observing the 1978 Tour de France where the band was recording their Jazz album. The music video has between sixty and seventy naked models riding bicycles around Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.
History of music compostionsWe Are the Champions1977 album News of the WorldIt is considered one of the most recognizable rock songs and one of the catchiest songs of all timeIn 2005, the song was voted as the worlds favorite song in a 2005 Sony Ericsson world music poll.
Listening GuideBohemian Rhapsody
0.00IntroductionBand sings introduction using vocals only (a capella). Vocal texture varies, as Freddie sings solo, then band provides backup. Wind like sounds comes in as he sings any way the wind blows... Form stays constant, with no repetition. Rhythm stays the same through whole section. Voice only raises or lowers; no instruments except slight piano.0.45Verse 1 Part 1Freddie plays the piano while singing as other member strums bass. Pitch in voice and piano raise and lower. Would go low, then suddenly jump high, then go low. When Freddie would play a low note on the piano, the bass player would strum a note.1.22Verse 1 Part 2Piano continues. Drum enters. His voice crescendos at the beginning of this part of the verse. Towards the end of the verse, his voice decrescendos. 1.50Verse 2 Part 1Brief interlude between verses. Piano continues. Drums begin again at two minute mark. Pitch in his voice and piano continue to raise and lower through verse. Electric guitar comes in at end of verse, kind of distorted.Listening guide cont.2.21 Verse 2 Part 2Texture of song continues to build. Backing vocals enter. At the end of the verse, an electric guitar enters from 2.40 to 3.04. Guitar plays numerous chords and notes. Pitch of guitar also raises and lowers.3.05Bridge 1The guitar solo suddenly ends. The bridge begins by Freddie playing steady chords on the piano. A number of different techniques are used from solo singing put up against group vocals and extreme shifts in pitch.4.00Bridge 2Features steady bass and drums, hard-driving, distorted guitar lines, and Mercurys fantastic vocals. The guitar dominates the whole bridge. Multiple chords and notes are played from all instruments. The only instrument not played during this bridge is the piano. It is the only section of song with no piano being played. Very up tempo.4.50InterludePiano comes back. Guitar played for first part of interlude, but after short while it stops. There is a ritardando between the 2nd bridge and the interlude. Freddies voice texture goes from gritty to a really soft texture.5.20EndingMaterial from the introduction and verse section returns as Mercury sings, using his gentlest voice, singing nothing really matters. The backing vocalists end the song with the line any way the wind blows, alluding to the introduction, as if the song has come full-circle. The piano and guitar play multiple soft chords.Listening guide Bicycle Race
0.00BeginningStarts off with Freddie and other band members singing the word bicycle in unison and in the same harmony. When they sing Bi, they go really high in their pitch. When they say cycle, the pitch lowers slightly. 0.20ChorusFreddie then continues singing I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride my bike with only the drums being played. The same thing happens with the singing of the Bi high and then the cycle low, but only Freddie sings it.0.30Verse 1The drums then start and Brian May, guitarist, and Freddie begin to sing about things like not liking Star Wars. They did not sing in unison, however, as Freddie would sing one part and then Brian would sing the other.0.50ChorusSame as in first chorus, however, on his last bicycle he goes a little bit higher than any of the other bicycles.Listening guide cont.1.10Verse 2To begin verse 2, the whole band sings a couple lyrics together in unison. Then, after a couple seconds of the whole band singing, Freddie sings a few lyrics at a low pitch. Then the whole band sings a few lyrics, and then Freddie sings a few lyrics at a low pitch again. Then, the whole band sings On your mark, get set, go! And there is a little guitar solo.1.40ChorusThey sing the chorus the same, until about halfway through at the 1.50 mark the group says bicycle repeatedly for about 5 seconds. Then they start ringing bicycle bells.2.11InterludeGuitar plays section of a scale repeatedly. Ascending melody. Conjunct notes.2.25Verse 3Same as verse 1, except different lyrics and little different notes and chords. Mostly the same though.2.47Ending/ChorusChorus is the same except for Freddie yelling Come On half way through the chorus.Listening guideWe Are the Champions
0.00BeginningPiano played till 17 second mark, and then the electric guitar comes in. They play at the same harmony till right around the 26 second mark. Freddie sings at constant high pitch for the first 26 seconds. At the 27 second marks, the hard rock section comes in for several sections, while the whole band sings together On and on and on and on.0.35ChorusKeeps the same pitch while singing, except for the part where he sings we keep on fighting at a really high pitch and then till the end at a low pitch. Then the whole band sings in unison to finish out the chorus. Drums jump in for the chorus.1.13Verse 1Freddie goes back to singing at the same pitch as he did at the beginning of the song. The drums are played lightly in the background. The guitar is played sparingly. The piano is played throughout the verse. At the end of the verse, the guitar is played louder to introduce the chorus.1.50ChorusOne of the differences between the first chorus and this chorus is the guitar plays a little section different. 2.20Ending/ChorusChorus changes a tiny bit from the previous chorus. The guitar plays a couple different notes and chords, from 2.40 to 2.52. Ends with guitar slowly fading into the background.The end