A Hard Day's Night

Writer: 
Lennon/McCartney
Year: 
1964
Voices: 
Men's four part
Ranges: 

Tenor: C4 - B flat 4
Lead: F3 - G4
Bari: G3 - F4
Bass: A2 - D4

A Hard Day’s Night was written as the title track for the Beatles’ first feature film (of the same name) in 1964. There are conflicting stories about who chose the title, but all agree it comes from one of Ringo Starr’s characteristic malapropisms.

The song uses a moderate rock tempo, with a steady backbeat that drives throughout, holding together a much more rhythmically varied surface. This arrangement uses the embellishments to create and maintain this rhythmic framework, with the bass part in particular creating the pulse between phrases and through the longer notes in the melody.

It is published by the Barbershop Harmony Society (catalogue no. 209094), and is available from the Harmony Marketplace: http://www.harmonymarketplace.com/