Strictly Genteel: A Classical Introduction to Frank Zappa

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A more than adequate introduction to the world of Frank Zappa's instrumental music. A great deal of attention was focused on Zappa's often infantile lyrics, sometimes to the extent that the quality of Zappa's music was ignored. From a performance standpoint, the music was often a challenge (becoming almost impossible once Zappa was composing for the Synclavier); from a compositional standpoint, Zappa's instrumental music shows its 20th-century influences in no uncertain terms. Strictly Genteel serves up music performed by orchestral ensembles as well as pieces performed on Synclavier and in a band context, with the common thread being Zappa's overall brilliance -- while sometimes an imperfect composer, his drive and talent resulted in a huge body of excellent work that may one day come to be appreciated by classicists. ~ Steven McDonald
Publication Date:
Ryko Distribution / Rykodisc

Track Listing

Disc 1

  1. Uncle Meat: Main Title Theme (1:55)
  2. Regyptian Strut (4:13)
  3. Pedro's Dowry (7:41)
  4. Outrage at Valdez (3:09)
  5. Little Umbrellas (3:03)
  6. Run Home Slow Theme (1:25)
  7. Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula (2:12)
  8. Dupree's Paradise (7:43)
  9. Opus 1, No. 3, 2nd Movement, Presto (1:50)
  10. Duke of Prunes (4:20)
  11. Aybe Sea (2:46)
  12. Naval Aviation in Art? (2:42)
  13. G-Spot Tornado (3:17)
  14. Bob in Dacron, First Movement (5:36)
  15. Opus 1, No. 4, 2nd Moveent, Allegro (3:01)
  16. Dog Breath Variations (2:06)
  17. Uncle Meat (2:51)
  18. Strictly Genteel (6:57)

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