Asked • 03/18/19

Is the Benny Hill Theme inherently comedic?

The question is in the title. I have tried to answer it for myself, using my knowledge of music theory, and have come up with nothing. I thought it might be the V & I bass pattern, the percussion, the tempo, but I don't think that's it. I don't know Benny Hill, at all. I wouldn't recognise him if he were to walk my room, but the tune makes me laugh, and makes any video on YouTube instantly amusing. Can music theory explain this?

1 Expert Answer


Ellynne P.

The theme song from Benny Hill is inherently comedic in my opinion. The way the sax player articulates, slides, and accents the notes, the tempo, rhythm, the fast “jumping” lines, and the little circus motif thrown in there all help to make this tune comedic. It’s the opposite of a dirge, which is slow and mournful and often in a minor key tonality.


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