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WSP 64 — Revolution: The Songwriting of The Beatles

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Dec 3
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Nov 26
Unit(s): 0 Units
Tuition: $170
Limit: 40
Status: Closed
On campus
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Dec 3
1 day
Drop By
Nov 26
0 Units
More than fifty years after they first exploded onto the pop music scene, The Beatles still capture our imagination as few groups have. Why? Surely the answer is more than fads, hairstyles, or fan hysteria. While the screaming quieted down years ago, the power and originality of their astonishing body of creative work still speak loudly and clearly today. Through a selection of Beatles songs, we will explore the evolution of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison as composers and lyricists as they developed from a local cover band to arguably some of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century. Along the way, we will explore the roles played by producer George Martin and the famed engineers of Abbey Road; the revolutionary recording procedures and techniques they pioneered; and The Beatles’ diverse creative influences (including R&B and Motown artists, classic rockers, and decidedly non-rock influences such as British music hall, Indian classical music, and the classical avant-garde). This course reflects the instructor’s lifelong love of The Beatles and their music, and “a splendid time is guaranteed for all”!

Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for Credit or a Letter Grade.

Joel Phillip Friedman, Composer; Lecturer

Joel Phillip Friedman’s concert and theater music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, on London’s West End, and in Off Broadway theater. Among his recent projects are new works for the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the New Orchestra of Washington, the chamber opera Fallings, and a series of solo string pieces commissioned by the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. He has taught at Georgetown, Swarthmore, and Stanford. Friedman received a DMA in composition from Columbia.

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