Actually, the first time I had any of it ["serious" music] performed was at Mount St. Mary's College in 1962. I spent $300 and got together a college orchestra, and I put on this little concert. Maybe less than a hundred people showed up for it, but the thing was actually taped and broadcast by KPFK. (...) By the time I graduated from high school in '58, I still hadn't written any rock and roll songs, although I had a little rock and roll band in my senior year. I didn't write any rock and roll stuff until I was in my 20s. All the music writing that I was doing was either chamber music or orchestral, and none of it ever got played until this concert at Mount St. Mary's.
It took place in 1963 at, of all pastoral places, lovely Mount St. Mary's College, a private Catholic institution perched in the lush Santa Monica Mountains above West Los Angeles. (...) The program included a piece called "Opus 5," aleatoric works that required some improvisation, a piece for orchestra and taped electronic music, with accompanying visuals in the form of FZ's own experimental 8mm films (Motorhead Sherwood described one such film depicting the Los Angeles County Fair carnival, double exposed with passing telephone poles).
Greg Russo just sent me a photocopy of the Mt. St. Mary's concert program. Here's the info: MOUNT ST. MARY'S COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC presents THE EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA Sunday, May 19, 1963 8:30 p.m. Little Theater Mount St. Mary's College --------------------------------------- Program I. Variables II for Orchestra II. Variables I for Any Five Instruments Intermission III. Opus 5, for Four Orchestras IV. Rehearsalism V. Three Pieces of Visual Music with Jazz Group Question and Answer Period
The original approx. 12:33 minutes of the original performance of "Opus 5" have been shortened to approx. 1:40 for The Lost Episodes (1996) version. Here is where the edits occur (all times approx.):
|Original Performance||Lost Episodes|
|00:00 - 00:23|
|00:23 - 00:34||00:00 - 00:11|
|00:34 - 04:36|
|04:36 - 05:40||00:11 - 01:13|
|05:40 - 12:05|
|12:05 - 12:33||01:13 - 01:40|
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