I wanted to make a BEATLES MINUTE that could address both structure and harmony in the same song as a way to preview my next two books, BEATLESTUDY, volume 1: Structural Analysis of Beatles Music and BEATLESTUDY volume 2: Harmonic Analysis of Beatles Music. And so I had to find a single song that used both components in complementary ways. While there are a number of Beatles songs that use harmony to reinforce structure, perhaps none are so striking in their handling of these parameters than 'Martha My Dear'.
Meanwhile, I return to Virginia tomorrow for another round of "Band of the Sixties":
Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Henrico County Public Library - Fairfield, 1001 N Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.