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Composer: Zappa, Frank (1940-1993)

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Year of birth1940
Year of death1993
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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Pictures at an Exhibition from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

Fabien Gabel © Gaetan Bernard
Fabien Gabel and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec present inventive and colorful musical pictures by Schmitt, El-Khoury, Honegger, Zappa and Richard Strauss.
*****
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Ensemble Musikfabrik in Berlin

© Kai Bienert
An evening of frivolousness and solemnity.
****1
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McFall’s Chamber: Zappa, Zawinul and more

McFall's Chamber © Douglas Robertson
McFall’s Chamber brings a freshness to its repertoire as it revisits the Bongo Club years, and performs two newly commissioned pieces. Informal and very enjoyable.
****1
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Edinburgh International Festival: Ensemble musikFabrik's tribute to Frank Zappa

musikFabrik  ©  Klaus Rudolph
What drew John Cage and Frank Zappa into the same programme was their mutual admiration of Edgard Varèse, at its most striking in their use of percussion. Somehow I feel Cage would have been delighted to be the one out of step with an otherwise perfectly symmetrical programme. Flanking the interval were performances of Varèse’s Ionisation (1929–31).
****1
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Prom 25: The Aurora Orchestra do Zappa, Nancarrow and Glass

Prom 25 (c) Chris Christodoulou
It would probably be a mistake to take Frank Zappa’s The Adventures of Greggery Peccary too seriously. True, musically it is highly taxing in its orchestral transcription by Ali N. Askin, and there’s absolutely no denying the seriousness of Zappa as a musician generally. But this is Zappa in full-on nonsense mode.Greggery Peccary is a pig of some sort, who works in an office, or something.
***11
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