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Song Comparison Project

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Kate R-W

on 20 December 2012

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Elton John vs Ellie Goulding "Your Song" Comparison "Your Song" Your Song is a ballad originally recorded by Elton John in 1970. 40 years later, in 2010, artist, Ellie Goulding recorded her cover.

Both of the songs feature the same honest, sweetness that has for so long drawn listeners attention but there are also hundreds of subtle differences that the two artists used to convey their chosen messages.

In the end, Elton's original version portrays a humble and nostalgic feeling whilst Ellie's features a reflective and earnest one. Ellie's is lightened by the music video's quaient and bright images.
Original Melody Cover Melody Flowing, lyrical melody that portrays a meloncholic attitude. Lyrical and flowing melody.
Key of B flat major
Sounds a it sadder due to Ellie's vocal choices and piano interludes.
Original Harmony Elton John has opted out of added harmonies. This gives a solitary, simplistic and "countryish" swing to the music, so does his music video, witch is a single camera following him around the woods with one microphone in black and white colour. Cover's Harmony Ellie Goulding uses three part female vocal harmony during the song's transitions. This adds a whimsical touch to the feeling and appreciation of the melody. Features a fairly consistent vocal volume, raising slightly to add enpheses in the last refrain than slowly progresses into a decrecsendo to bring the song to a close. The instremental volume increases once it is added in to the second verse. Original Dynamics Cover's Dynamics Mainly consistent volume besides the exception of the C structure verse. Original Rhythm Uses a Rock styled rhythm that is carried by the drums. Cover's Rhythm Ellie's version uses a lyrically styled rhythm that is carried out in quarter note chords through the use of the piano. http://splicd.com/GIeIeXd3snk/200/210 http://splicd.com/D9AFMVMl9qE/125/140 http://splicd.com/GIeIeXd3snk/210/230 http://splicd.com/D9AFMVMl9qE/30/61 http://splicd.com/GIeIeXd3snk/110/135 Cover's Texture The instrements that contribute to the texture of Ellie's cover are the piano and cello. The texture of Ellie's voice also contributes to the texture. She uses a light and breathy voice that gives a sweet but sincere feeling to the song. http://splicd.com/D9AFMVMl9qE/65/95 Original Texture Throughout Elton's song, he encorperates the piano and guitar. In the last verse, strings and drums are added to contribute to the pulse, intensity and overall texture of the piece. http://splicd.com/GIeIeXd3snk/142/173 Cover's Timbre Ellie's cover has a calming and subdued timbre. Though the use of the cello brings in a serious tone. http://splicd.com/D9AFMVMl9qE/148/170 Original's Timbre Elton's original timbre is created through his slightly husky, simple and unaffected natural voice that brings out the song's casual air. The instrementation features strongly distinctive accents that are highlighted by the percussion. http://splicd.com/GIeIeXd3snk/177/207 Original Form The Original Form of "Your Song" follows the format of A-A-B-A-A-B-B Cover's Form The cover follows the format of A-A-B-A-C-B
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