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G-Spot Tornado (arr. Gershman)

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Frank Zappa (arr. Jeff Gershman)

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General Info

Year: 1980 / 2003 / 2005?
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Synclavier
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

G-Spot Tornado is a piece of programmed Synclavier DMS music written by American musician Frank Zappa, released in 1986 on his instrumental album Jazz from Hell.

Zappa thought that the composition was so difficult to play that it could not possibly be performed by a human. Therefore, he initially recorded the song using a Synclavier DMS. Zappa was later proven wrong when the song was performed live on The Yellow Shark.

The composition was selected as one of the top ten favorites of subscribers to Zappa fanzine T'Mershi Duween.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Ensemble Modern, the European contemporary music group, presented a concert event called The Yellow Shark which included several evening-long concerts featuring both existing and newly commissioned orchestral and chamber works by Zappa. Searching for an encore to conclude this series of concerts, Ensemble Modern asked Zappa to make a new arrangement of G-Spot Tornado. The composers explains:

During … rehearsals … a few of the musicians were trying to play that tune. They really liked it for some reason, and asked whether they could have an arrangement of it for the concert … I printed out the data [from Synclavier] and turned it over to Ali [N. Askin], and he orchestrated it. The new arrangement for wind ensemble is largely based on Askin's chamber orchestra version written for The Yellow Shark concerts. In addition, it draws heavily from the original version, attempting to recreate the style and the unique timbres of the Synclavier.

- Program Note from Winds of Change II


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Battisti, Frank. Winds of Change II: The New Millennium. Meredith Music Publications, 2012, pp. 62-63.
  • G-Spot Tornado, Wikipedia Accessed 4 December 2020