Yesterday (Lennon/McCartney) Re-harmonized
There are, however, a few philosophical questions that I can’t resist asking: how is the identity of the tune, “Yesterday,” retained when I have re-harmonized the melody and added notes to and subtracted notes from the melody? Also, clearly I have interpreted/performed the tune in a way that exceeds the intention of the “original authors,” yet, the piece is still clearly recognizable as Lennon/McCartney’s tune, “Yesterday.” What are the implications for “authorship”? What view of interpretation best captures the phenomena that emerge–an interpretor as co-author with a productive role? If so, what are the givens of the tune itself that function as limiting structures–structures that both allow for new re-interpretations and allow the tune to emerge in an identifiable way (while simultaneously dis-allowing any and every interpretation to count as “legitimate”)?