Bohemian Rhapsody

By
Freddie Mercury
Arranged
Adam Brown
Price
£ 20.00 

Bohemian Rhapsody is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band's 1975 album “A Night at the Opera”.

  • Bite-Size Brass Band
  • 3 Cornets
  • 1 Flugel
  • 1 Tenor Horn
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit
  • 2 Percussion - Timps & Glock

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Bohemian Rhapsody is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band's 1975 album “A Night at the Opera”. It is a six-minute tour-de-force consisting of several musical ideas; an introduction, a ballad section, an operatic passage, a hard rock hook and a reflective coda. Unusually it does not have a chorus. Upon its release in October 1975 it soon became a huge commercial success, topping the UK singles chart for nine weeks. “The Nation's Favourite Number One” (ITV UK nationwide poll) appeared in multiple polls as being one of the greatest songs in popular music. Critical reaction was initially mixed but this is still considered to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The single was accompanied by a promotional video, which critics considered ground-breaking. Rolling Stone Magazine stated that its influence cannot be overstated, practically inventing the music video seven years before MTV even went on the air. Bohemian Rhapsody became the most-streamed song of the 20th century and the most-streamed of all classic rock songs. The number of downloads, exceeding 1.5 billion downloads across all on-demand streaming services. Mercury first started developing the song in the late 1960s. He used to play parts of songs he was writing at the time on the piano, one of which was known as "The Cowboy Song", containing many lyrics that ended up in the completed version, produced years later, specifically, "Mama ... just killed a man."

Queen are a British rock band which formed in 1970. They were heavily influenced by progressive rock and heavy metal bands, such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Who and were further influenced by experimental recording techniques and stage settings. Their debut album Queen was followed by Queen II both of which enjoyed considerable UK success but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera, that gained them International fame and fortune. By 1980 they were one of the world's biggest stadium rock bands. The band released 18 number one albums, estimates of their album sales range between 150 million to 300 million making them one of the world's bestselling music artists.


“Many recordings over the last few decades have demonstrated the superb quality of British brass playing; 'Under the Spell of Spain' will rightfully take its place among them.”

Paul Sarcich
www.dailyclassicalmusic.com

“One of the all time great brass recordings OF ALL TIME”

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist and Musical Director, BBC Big Band

“This intriguing "water-borne" voyage runs the gamut from more classically-tinged interpretations to straight-ahead and improvised jazz. Along that journey we are treated to a highly inspired and masterfully presented performance.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com

“Under the Spell of Spain is a showcase of virtuosic playing by some of London’s finest brass and percussion players. Highly recommended!”

Jon Gorrie
Founder, BrassMusician.com

“Just wanted to give a general shout-out to SUPERBRASS - who are truly super-bad; for my money, one of the most exciting large brass ensembles EVER.”

Rex Richardson
International Trumpet Soloist

“This is a wonderfully charismatic disc with playing of the highest quality. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

David Bremner
The Mouthpiece

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