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This research guide serves as a resource for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Education Department course, Inductee Spotlight: Frank Zappa & Rock's Avant Garde . For additional information on the course and for more teacher resources, see http://rockhall.com/education/distance-learning/courses/zappa/
Frank Zappa was one of rock and roll’s sharpest musical minds and an astute social critic. He bridged musical styles – rock, jazz, classical, and avant-garde – with masterful ease. This class examines his music by focusing on the moments when these various musical styles merged, sometimes comfortably, sometimes with contention. Students will explore Zappa’s music to hear how he was able to translate his musical ideas into everything from rock and roll to full orchestral scores. We will listen to examples from his rock music (Freak Out!), symphonic pieces (Orchestral Favorites), digitized extravaganzas for the Synclavier keyboard (Francesco Zappa), and satirical musicals (Joe’s Garage). Special interviews with members of the Cleveland based group Red: An Orchestra help students to understand Zappa’s connections to the Western Classical tradition and composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varèse.
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