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Analysis/Appraisal -Somewhere Only We Know

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Section 1 Analysis/Appraisal -Somewhere Only We Know I decided to use this piece for my appraisal for a number of reasons. This piece was released in 2004 by a band called Keane; it was the first single by this band, and the single that made them famous. This song is typical for Keane. It has block chords to create a pulsing beat. This seems to be a trademark for Keane's music. The pianist uses mainly block chords, to create the feeling that the song is pulsing, and I decided I could do this easily with my left hand, so my right hand could be free to play the melody line. This was difficult at first, as the block chords are very spaced out, and repetitive. I had not played anything like this with my left hand before. I also felt I could put feeling into this, improvising; adding crescendo's and diminuendo's to create feeling in the piece. In the chorus of the recorded version, mood is created with the addition of the bass guitar and drums, I tried to compensate by making certain parts of the piece Forte, to show that the piece had turned angrier. There is a fairly difficult section in this piece, after the chorus, it is a quick chord sequence. ...read more.

Middle

in the second verse, it is a repeat of the first verse, with soft, slow pedalled notes to create the sombre mood. The second verse repeats itself, the same as the first. The bass of the chorus is all 8ve notes, descending down. The chorus of both Can't Stop Now and Somewhere Only We Know keep the same structures, although they both become more complex: in Somewhere Only We Know, the block chords become far wider, using the whole octave, to give a sense of depth to the song. The chorus of Cant Stop now is complex, as the chords are very fiddly as they are quick and close together, and are difficult to play. In the endtro of Cant Stop Now, the piano line becomes very complex, darting up and down the piano. This is accomplished by taking the notes of the key signature, and playing them at a very fast pace in different octaves moving up and down the piano. This is unusual for Keane, as the music usually slows right down for a calm ending, much like Somewhere Only We Know, where a final spread chord is used to signal the end. This is similar to Imagine, which ends in the same way. This is a slower ending helps create the mood for the song. ...read more.

Conclusion

Other artists that use this style of piano include Embrace, Muse, Oasis and Coldplay. In 'Somewhere Only We Know', mostly block chords are used. I feel this will create the wrong type of mood for the idea I have in mind, although I may experiment, just to make sure. I like the way 'Cant stop Now' is able to create a sense that the piece is speeding up, without changing the tempo. This is accomplished by using more chords in a bar, or shorter notes, so as to fit more in. I will try to incorporate this idea into my composition. Also this piece uses spread chords, which I may also find useful. Also, the section "the motion keeps my heart running," which is a very pulsing, evenly spaced section, is in complete contrast with the rest of the piece. I would like to develop this idea for my composition. In 'Imagine,' pedalled notes are used to create feeling, I feel this would be vital in my piece, as it is hard to create mood without the sustain pedal. Also the descending 8ve notes are used in this piece, I find this interesting, and will try to experiment with this to be used in my composition. All three pieces have repeating ostinatos, with a different section at the end. This seems to be a main feature in modern piano, and will be the structure I will use in my composition. Ben Perry 11Q Music Coursework ...read more.

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