Many people only know Frank Zappa as the weird, outspoken, goatee wearing, guitar playing, important rock musician of the previous century. He was all of that, but many people do not know that we was also an outstanding composer of ‘classical’ music. The album I listened to today is one of five or six, or seven (?), that fall into this category. He was totally self taught and acknowledged the influence of composers like Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern.
The track I included below is called Dog Breath Variations and is indicative of what he called ‘conceptual continuity.’ It first featured on one of the early Mothers of Invention albums: Uncle Meat and is one of my favourite bits of Zappa (of which there are many, very many…)