The Music of the Beatles

Course Number
HR-261
Description

Songs written and recorded by the Beatles, as well as songs written by the Beatles and recorded by other artists, will be analyzed for their harmonic content, melodic construction, modal focus, rhythmic phrasing, and lyrical construction. The course will be structured around the 10-year rule for composers and the three stages they move through in their career, from being engaged in others' music, to development of the current style, to innovation. In addition, an understanding of each member's personal history will be presented as a means of understanding the group's music. Also addressed will be the social environment from which the group emerged and developed and consideration given to its effect on their musical development and progress.

Credits
2
Prerequisites
HR-211
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Major Elective for
Songwriting
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Location
Boston
Department
HARM
Course Chair
George Russell Jr.
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