(Mar 3, 2019)
Some talented young orchestral players…
These are four kids from YOLA, the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, and they are playing for kids in an elementary school. But what are they playing?
Well, it turns out they are playing a string quartet from a famous song I used in a spotlight from a couple months ago.
(Dec 22, 2018)
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!”.
If I had asked anyone reading here when this string music in the top video was written, how many of would have guessed that it was written for a pop tune, written by a rock band, only 52 years ago?