Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The Two Zappas

I've never been a Frank Zappa fan. Goodness, I've tried. I even went to see him in Manchester in the seventies. However, I am a newly converted fan of Francesco Zappa, his 18th Century almost-namesake. So was Frank. He was overjoyed to discover Francesco (the similarity was a coincidence) and made an album using his music.

This is a movement from Francesco's String Trio Opus 3 No 6, which I've rendered electronically. I was in the process of arranging it for 3 guitars. However, I decided the music just didn't fit comfortably on that instrument and so as not to waste the work I'd done on it, I decided to make this version. That's not the only reason: Francesco Zappa deserves a wider audience and, as I didn't have a string trio handy to play it, this was the only option...

Francesco Zappa by Dominic Rivron


Gerry Snape said...

I've just had a hectic day doing that annual kind of know what! and your music has calmed the beating heart. Thankyou.

Titus said...

Oh, cool and lovely, Dominic.

I am a very big Frank Zappa fan. I think it's the humour, which is a strange thing to say about music, I know.

e said...

Fabulous, Dominic! Even the cat enjoyed that!

Niamh B said...

I love Frank Zappa!

"How I love ya How I love ya How I love ya How I love ya, oh my hair's getting good in the back"

such fun! His were probably the first lyrics I ever listened to and enjoyed for their cleverness.

A Cuban In London said...

This is the kind of music that grows on you. I know I will be back and listen to it again. As for the other Zappa, he's fallen by the wayside. I was never a big fan but listened to a couple of his albums more out of rebelliousness than real fervour for his music.

Greetings from London.

George said...

Very, very lovely, Dominic. On this American Thanksgiving, allow me to give thank for, among other things, the wonderful offerings that I find here on "Made Out of Words."

Get Off My Lawn! said...

This... is the Central Scrutinizer.

I miss Frank Zappa. And well played!

tony said...

I Prefer Francesco to Frank!
Frank Zappa was soooo hip!I never "got" his music but dare not say so at the time for fear of not being coooool
! And,as for Captain Beefheart...well!

The Solitary Walker said...

That music certainly zapped me, Dominic. (And thanks, btw, for all your recent comments on my blog.) Hope Pat is feeling somewhat better.

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Bravo Francesco! Thanks Dominic. I don't know how you rendered this electronically but it's beautiful. Can I copy it into my iTunes library? If so, how?

Dominic Rivron said...

GS: Pleased to be of use :)

Titus: I did try hard, but to no avail. It all kind of sounded the same to me. I so wanted to like his music.

e: Thanks. I take it the cat is the one in the pic.

Niamh: He was fun, wasn't he? That's probably why I wanted to like him!

A Cuban in London: It is, isn't it? It's a bit unusual: it has a sort of dramatic complexity I like.

George: Thank you!

GOML: Thanks for saying so, but the credit goes to the computer. I input the music, it plays it.

tony: I too prefer Francesco, although I prefer Beefheart to Frank Z.

SW: Thanks for dropping by. Those Merton quotes were very pertinent. Mum is a lot, lot better, thanks.

Natalie: You can, with pleasure, but I don't know how!

Argent said...

I don't know anything really about Frank Zappa's work, but I really liked your rendering of Francesco's work. Reminds me of the 'switched-on Bach' stuff I used to love.

To record the sound, you could download a free prog called Audacity and use it to record the track, then export as an MP3.