Reward – Can You Identify These Frank Zappa Manuscripts ?

UPDATE: All have been identified, and very quickly at that.  See results at the bottom of this post.  Thanks to everyone who helped out.

Here’s an experiment in crowd-sourcing.  We recently acquired two original Frank Zappa music manuscripts, and a lead sheet for a third composition, all of which were handwritten by the great man himself.  The two original manuscripts are untitled, and the lead sheet is for Arabesque, a 1966 song we can find  no reference for. (These originated from the collection of ex-Mothers road manager Marty Perelis.)

We’ll happily offer $300 in Recordmecca credit to the first person who can identify these compositions (and tell us if Arabesque was ever released with a different title.)  If you can only identify one or two compositions, we’ll pro-rate the prize.

Just post a comment below, and be sure to include your email address.  And to state the obvious, only the first person who submits a correct answer through the comments section gets the prize.  And of course, the music on these manuscripts belong to the copyright holder.

We’ll post the answers here as soon as we have them.

“Part II” (first two pages; double click to enlarge)

MUSICAL SCORE 1

 

Second Composition (first two pages)

music score 1

Arabesque (Dated 1966)

zappa sheet music

We have a winners on all three manuscripts–thanks to everyone.

For Part II–Robert Mangano identified it as “The Rejected Mexican Pope Leaves the Stage” from the album “AHEAD OF THEIR TIME!”

We have a revised winner on the Second Manuscript (thanks to Matthew Galaher who pointed out his answer wasn’t exactly correct.) The new winner is Duncan James Mitchson who identified it as “Music For Electric Violin And Low Budget Orchestra” from Jean-Luc Ponty’s King Kong album (though with slightly different orchestration).

And for Arabesque–Pat Buzby, who wrote “Arabesque” was released later under the title “Toads Of The Short Forest.”

Thanks to everyone who helped out.

All the best,
Jeff Gold

 

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part two is Uncle meat
Second composition is Pound for a brown on the bus
Third is Toads of the short forest

The intro to the sheet that says PART II is a line from the top of the track of the 200 Motels Album….. the track is “Dance of the Just Plain Folks”

THERE SEEMS SOME DISPUTE ABOUT WHAT THE FIRST MANUSCRIPT (PART II) IS. I don’t read music–but I’d love to know what people think is the right answer from this one and those that follow.

The first composition marked part II is “The Rejected mexican pope leaves the stage” from the album “Ahead of their time”

“PART II” is from “The Rejected Mexican Pope Leaves the Stage” from the album “AHEAD OF THEIR TIME!”

That second composition is the start of “Music For Electric Violin And Low Budget Orchestra” from Jean-Luc Ponty’s King Kong album (though with slightly different orchestration).

Oooof. I entered them into Finale, but they don’t really match up with anything. The second bar of the second page of the first example sounds like it could be a theme from 200 Motels, so it may be hiding in that score somewhere, but I couldn’t find the melody on the first page. The second one sounds slightly like “Holiday in Berlin, Full-Blown” but I can’t match it up.

JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS, I got about 40 responses–I only published the relevant ones. So for the sore loser who complained that his response came earlier than somebody else’s–it didn’t. I just didn’t publish everything. For all of our sanity.

Thanks for everyone’s help in solving this.
Jeff

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