For all the times I've actually played that etude, I never once got the connection. Thanks for that Sebastian.
Freddie was certainly as influenced by his classical heroes as much as he was any popular singer.
I never once got the connection.
Me too but... Sebastian is right. It sound similar because as someone wrote on Youtube in comments BR from 5.09 sound similar to Chopin's Etude because in that part we have C minor and G minor chords. In the main theme of Chopin's Etude we have E major and B major chords. I'm writing this because it's the same harmony only in different key!
Queen - C minor > G minor it is the dominant
Chopin - E major > B major it is the dominant
The dominant is the fifth scale degree in other words
when the key is C minor we have C, d , e flat , f , G , a flat , b , c.
When the key is E major we have E , f sharp , g sharp , a , B , c sharp , d sharp , e.
So now you can see that the distance from C to G is the same as the distance from E to B.
That's why it sounds similar.
I didn't quite hear it, but I'm not gonna lie - I do not know much about classical music, even though my tastes do extend beyond Queen and rock in general. Perhaps you're a fan of Chopin, Sebastian? Perhaps some other classical pieces could resemble the sound of BoRhap? Although the latter certainly has the "delicate" factor, which seems to be so central to Chopin's works. Anyway, interesting.