"i met frank zappa in october 1991. the academy of the arts in berlin
was planning to present his new compositions in germany, and i wanted to ask him
if he had written any piano music which i could play on this occasion. in
zappa's living room we listened to each other's latest recordings. his
newest works were composed on and performed by his computer, as their complexity
rendered them very difficult to be written down and played by live musicians. he
gave me the score of the piano piece, 'ruth is sleeping', which had been written
some years before but had not yet been performed. its simultaneous use of
different registers of the piano to achieve multiple combinations of major
sevenths made it an interesting challenge to me. i also found that zappa, by not
indicating any dynamics or tempo changes, stimulated the performer to improvise
the interpretation, as it were, evoking sometimes dreamy, sometimes tempestuous
moments of ruth's sleep.
i premiered the piece in berlin on september 21, 1992."
jeffrey burns (taken from the liner-notes of his cd "jeffrey burns plays frank zappa".
|jeffrey burns: jeffrey burns plays frank zappa
(1992, cd5", ger, pool music)