Frank Zappa's IQ Score

                                       



Frank Zappa was a music genius whose IQ is said to be172...I heard this story a while back so some of the details are lost but here's the basic gist. During one of the rehearsals of Zappa's orchestral music..the conductor comes up to Zappa and says.."look, you have to change this because my players can't keep up".....it was of course a very difficult part in the piece...and Zappa looks and him and smirks and says.."HA, my rock band can do it!"Classical musicians who regularly play Beethoven(IQ 165), Mozart(IQ 165), and Bach(IQ 165).....had difficulty with Zappa's music...Not only did he write rock music, but he also composed jazz, classical, blues, disco (of course when he was making fun of it), r&b, soul, funk, punk, country, reggae, avant garde, swing, big band, bluegrass, doo wop, fusion, .....the man dabbled in every musical genre there was, and what is so amazing, is that his compositional skill was so advanced beyond anyone around that time in his genre, that he was able to be completely proficient in all those different styles. That comes from having a great musical ear...and Zappa's ear was impeccable. The man composed large scale, complex, sophisticated works for full orchestra.....you have to have a great ear  and high IQ to do that.
Frank Zappa's IQ Score Frank Zappa's IQ Score Reviewed by Klemen Hlupič on 11:59 Rating: 5

8 comments :

  1. I'm not impressed by IQ numbers, although I'm impressed by some of Zappa's music.

    "HA, my rock band can do it" is a great comeback."

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  2. Zappa would have said "fuck my IQ, who gives a fuck anyway". I am a composer who dabbles in most of those styles from bach chorales and fugues to doowop, funk, grunge, punk, the "avant garde", minimalism, pop songs, beethoven sonatas, reggae... I don't think you need a big IQ for that, bro. JUST DO THE MUSIC AND SHUT UP AND PLAY OR COMPOSE.

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  3. yea.... sounds like a story to me.....A PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRA could handle Zappa just as they could easily handle Stravinsky, Varese, etc or any other "Modern Composer". Sorry but Zappa's music does not reach the depth or complexity of Stravinsky.

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    1. Oh, but it does. Stravinsky did not divide beats into fives and sevens. Stravinsky did not use "xenorhythms", the most complex time signature Igor used was 7/8. You need to study some of Zappa's scores, buddy.

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    2. Even though I am taken aback by the Frank jabs, I feel that you know what you are talking about. I will check out Stravinsky. thnx

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  4. Hey Professional Orchestra. Check out the complexity of my balls. :-) ZAPPA LIVES ON.

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  5. :) comment of the day +1 anonymous

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  6. The fact that Zappa is being debated here, says it all. THE GUY RULED.

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