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Analysis of For No One by The Beatles


For No One is maintained at a constant tempo throughout. It also has a constant metre and is played in four - four time. The song comprises of seven motifs forming the structure !!"#!!"#$%F&' repeated three times. The song as a (hole might )e said to have a very open te*ture it (eaves slightly closer during the chorus. The piano accompaniment complements the vocal melody (ith concordant harmony. No(here does the song have a particularly rich or varied te*ture portrayed for e*ample in +ongs From The ,ood )y -ethro Tull. The piano plays a held note (ith a chord during the verse' (hilst during the chorus a different chord providing a different tonal colour is introduced that is a different chordal te*ture is used. The French horn is softer (hen playing a contrapuntal counterpoint than (hen it is providing the melody during the second verse. The tam)ourine and cym)als are )oth a)sent during the song.s )eginning. The tam)ourine plays softly in the succeeding t(o verses' including during the horn melody' )ut (ith a greater dynamic during the chorus. The cym)als come in during the first verse and are played softly thereafter through each. The dynamic of the guitar and drums is roughly constant' the )ass guitar )eing played very softly' and the drums softly' throughout. The rhythm changes )et(een the chorus and verse. $uring a verse the vocal seems to start off-)eat' that is' it is syncopated' (hilst during the chorus it is on the )eat. Interestingly' the French horn melody is not syncopated. The chorus also has a more vital pattern' although no part of this song contains any particularly stri/ing rhythmic patterns such as the afo*0 rhythm the focus is clearly on the vocal melody.

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