Eleanor Rigby

(Aug 9, 2019)

Eleanor Rigby, popular for 52 years…

  • Eleanor Rigby, a song by the Beatles, was released in 1966, and I first heard it in my first year of college. It was written primarily by Paul McCartney, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. I was blown away by the originality.
  • Eleanor Rigby broke sharply with popular music conventions, both musically and lyrically. (This is a common theme, typical of the greatest music ever written for hundreds of years.)
  • Eleanor Rigby employs a classical string ensemble with 8 studio musicians, comprising four violins, two violas, and two cellos. The score was composed by producer George Martin.
  • The players kept moving away from the microphones until Martin ordered them to “Stop moving the chairs!”.
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