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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:14 am 
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Frank Zappa Handwritten Sheet Music. Two-pages of sheet music for the keyboard part of "Kung Fu", handwritten in black ink by Zappa circa 1972. The track was unreleased until compiled for the 1996 posthumous LP The Lost Episodes. In Very Fine condition. Accompanied by James Spence Authentication auction LOA.

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Beautiful script. Sort of gives you a sense of how much care he put into all his music.

It would have taken him at least an hour to write this, even if he was just copying it from another manuscript. I don't see any corrections at all on here, so my guess would be that it took more like two hours for him to write this.

How much would you pay for two hours of Frank Zappa's time?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:33 am 
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It's amazing he didn't have to make any visible corrections... I'd love to see a larger version though... attempt to play it...

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:34 am 
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MentalTossFlycoon wrote:
Beautiful script. Sort of gives you a sense of how much care he put into all his music.

It would have taken him at least an hour to write this, even if he was just copying it from another manuscript. I don't see any corrections at all on here, so my guess would be that it took more like two hours for him to write this.

How much would you pay for two hours of Frank Zappa's time?
Frank did more in two hours than me in all my life.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:47 am 
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There's other stuff there.
A handwritten note from FZ to Herb Cohen:
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Eight pages of FZ's handwritten RDNZL:
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I don't know. It looks real. But I don't bid.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:05 am 
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BBP wrote:
It's amazing he didn't have to make any visible corrections...

I find it interesting in the the dutch documentary from 1971 how he is making corrections on a score: he is working with a cutter and cutting out pieces and maybe pasting in corrections later. Also he is not working hastily, but slowly and concentrated.

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Yeah I think that concentration bit is the difference between his hand-written music and my hand-written music.

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I had been using Coda Finale for a while to generate music on paper from sequenzer demos but have returned to handwritten sheets and scores later. Gives you more freedom to decide what and how to notate. Handwriting is more flexible.

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I wonder how many pages Frank did in total, i take a guess 2000 pages ?

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Yeah Finale sucks... it's only usable if you want to get something in print and need it to look ace. For composing etc a Composer like Noteworthy is much more userfriendly.

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It is amazing how dedicated he was to produce something of that high quality and attention to detail. Ruth Underwood talks about it in the Classic Albums DVD (I think in the extras) about his score for Rollo that he (paraphrasing) "threw together on the plane."


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KC Masterpiece wrote:
It is amazing how dedicated he was to produce something of that high quality and attention to detail. Ruth Underwood talks about it in the Classic Albums DVD (I think in the extras) about his score for Rollo that he (paraphrasing) "threw together on the plane."
I forget where I read it but Zappa once said he enjoyed looking at and copying sheet music as a graphic art form at a young age long before he knew what any of it actually described, knowing only it was "written music".

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frank zappa - 1972 handwritten manuscript
. . . . . . . . . for calvin pt ii


this 3 page trombone music part was handwritten
by frank for bruce fowler to use on the 1972 grand wazoo tour


authenticated by david ocker, who was zappa's music copyist from 1977-1984

from the collection of marty perellis, zappa's road manager during the early 70's
this is a 2 page gatefold with the 3rd page taped to the 2 pages
slightly yellowed from age, otherwise in excellent condition

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