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48 fugues for Frank : a homage to Frank Zappa

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2009)

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Work Overview

Each of these ten pieces uses four or five ideas inspired by, reacting to, or developing some of Zappa's signature techniques. The conceit of using the number 48 in the title, which refers of course to the great contrapuntal cycle of J.S.Bach, is a playful dig at Zappa's professed antipathy to counterpoint, though the use here of strict fugue form is completely arbitrary.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Solo piano.

Duration: 61 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Greggery Peccary, pentagon afternoon (7 min., 50 sec.) -- 2. The girl in the magnesium dress (7 min., 7 sec.) -- 3. Jazz from hell (7 min., 18 sec.) -- 4. Tink runs amok (6 min., 20 sec.) -- 5. Civilization phaze III (4 min., 36 sec.) -- 6. G-spot tornado (3 min., 46 sec.) -- 7. St Etienne: guitar solo (6 min., 16 sec.) -- 8. Ruth is sleeping (4 min., 58 sec.) -- 9. Black page (5 min., 13 sec.) -- 10. Baby snakes (6 min., 2 sec.).

Dedication note: Dedicated to Arjun Von Caemmerer

Commission note: Commissioned by MONA FOMA.. Commissioned by Mona Foma Festival of Music and Art 2010

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 13 Jan 10. Mona Foma Festival of Music and Art 2010, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, The Bonds Store, Hobart, Tasmania

Inspired by the compositions of Frank Zappa.

Winner of APRA-AMC Tasmanian Award Best Composition 2011


Performances of this work

12 Aug 2017: at Cage & Zappa & Harvey (South Melbourne Town Hall). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

4 Nov 2012: at Spring Piano-Plus Series (Eleventh Hour Theatre). Featuring Peter Dumsday.

7 Jul 10: Gala performance on the composer's 49th birthday, Australian National Academy of Music. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

27 Mar 10: Montsalvat, Eltham, VIC.. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

13 Jan 10: Mona Foma Festival of Music and Art 2010, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, The Bonds Store, Hobart, Tasmania. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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