MUSC205-Paper #2 - Thus the full compound form of the song...

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Matt Hines Musc205 Paper #2 Section: Elton John’s second single on his 1973 album Don’t Shoot I’m Only the Piano Player , “Daniel”, was and still is extremely popular and often analyzed. The song is structured in AABA compound form. Elton John was inspired to write the song following America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. At first, determining the song structure was very difficult. I had originally thought that the song was structured in a contrasting verse-chorus form. However, upon further analysis, it is clear that the song is in an AABA compound form. The song starts off with an 8 bar introduction which is reprised in the bridge between the first two verses as well as the coda. In addition, the AABA compound form has a partial reprise. Immediately following the third verse (instrumental verse with synthesizers) the song goes back to the chorus. Then, a fourth verse is conducted, this time with the same lyrics as the first verse.
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Unformatted text preview: Thus, the full compound form of the song with partial reprise is AABABA. Aside from the music itself, it can also be helpful to explore the lyrical content of the song. Inspired by the Vietnam War, Elton John tells the story of a man named Daniel who returns from blind and emotionally “scarred.” We find out in the chorus that the narrator of the story happens to be Daniel’s brother. Daniel’s brother informs the listener that Daniel has headed for Spain in order to escape reminders of the war and to “heal his scars.” I thoroughly enjoyed analyzing and interpreting Elton John’s “Daniel.” When I listen to music, I am often a passive listener and don’t think about the song structure or lyrics. Thus, this was a great opportunity for me to explore a song in greater detail than I have in the past. Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA78e27R_J4...
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