"A composer is a guy who forces his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the help of unsuspecting musicians."
Whether Frank Zappa understood himself more as a composer or as a rock musician, or perhaps as a satirist of the music business, depended on phases, moods, contexts and opportunities. In fact, he has written numerous instrumental works, even for larger ensemble or orchestral ensembles. Edgard Varese, Anton Webern, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Charles Ives were among his heroes of so-called e-music.
Only in Zappa's last years, thanks to a fruitful cooperation with the Ensemble Modern, some of this oeuvre came to life. In Freiburg, Wayne Marshall conducts a personal selection of works for the SWR Symphony Orchestra.