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Strictly Genteel: A Classical Introduction to Frank Zappa


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Strictly Genteel: A Classical Introduction to Frank Zappa


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

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Ryko Distribution / Rykodisc

Strictly Genteel: A Classical Introduction to Frank Zappa track listing

    1. 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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