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The Black Page Tropes

Drums
Percussion
Interactive

Computer

System

Bruce Pennycook
Excerpts by Frank Zappa
Dedicated to the memory of Frank Zappa and everything he
did and did not stand for.
Composed for ACREQ with special thanks to Alain Thibault.

Duration: ca. 21 minutes


SOCAN 1996

The Black Page Tropes


Percussion
Marimba
Vibraphone
Hi-hat, 3 suspended cymbals
Snare, 3 mounted tom-toms
metal and wooden chimes
medium tam-tam
Roland Octapad and MIDI drum sample device (tuned to 8 tom-toms, lowhigh)
Drums
Drum kit (5 toms, snare, bass, 4-5 cymbals, hi-hat, etc.)
Metal and glass chimes
Roland Octapad (or any MIDI drum surfaces to use as triggers)
Computer System
MacPPC, CD Rom (for audio CD)
MIDI Drum Module (for percussionists Octapad)
Roland JV1080 Tone Module (for band clips)
Max 3.5 software (or higher)
Black Page Tropes Software (B. Pennycook)
Black Page Tropes Audio CD (B. Pennycook)
Black Page Tropes JV1080 Bank (B. Pennycook)
Audio System
Multi-mic setup for drum kit and percussion
Mixer with 2 separate monitor mix feeds (for stage)
8 line inputs (from Computer system and devices)
Digital reverb (to balance hall and instruments only)
MIDI
Percussion Octapad -- Midi Drum Module (direct, no computer)
Drum Octapad -- MIDI In to Macintosh (triggers)
MIDI Out from Mac -- Roland JV1080

Bruce Pennycook
1996

The Black Page Tropes


This work was inspired by the percussion playing of Julien Grgoire and
drumming of Blair McKay during our many concerts performing the works
of Frank Zappa. The group, Dangerous Kitchen, was a joint production o f
ACREQ (Montreal) and Arraymusic (Toronto). Arrangements were by
Walter Boudreau (Artisitic Director, SMCQ) and and Alain Thibault
(Artisitic Director, ACREQ) and Henry Kucharzyk, one of the founders o f
Arraymusic. As musical director of The Dangerous Kitchen, Walter
Boudreau brought immense musical insight and energy to the
arrangements and adaptations of the music of Zappa. Boudreau truly
understood the music and produced a powerful two-act show.

The Black Page is a Zappa work that exists in two versions; one for drum
solo (the most famous) and one for large rock band. Our show included
both and they were often the highlight of the evening. It seemed that
every audience had about 100 drummers that knew every single flam!
As the soprano sax player in The Dangerous Kitchen, I was reunited with
my own formative years having attended numerous live Zappa concerts
and knowing by heart far too many of the lyrics (and flams). As a young
composer and jazz saxophone player the music of Zappa was both an
inspiration and a worry. How could a serious musician do Zappa?
Sadly, Frank Zappa died on December 4, 1993 just as the Dangerous
Kitchen was getting going.
This piece is my homage to a brilliant American composer whos
originality and unique personality could produce great rock like Zombie
Woof and an elegant orchestral work commissioned by (his worship)
Pierre Boulez at IRCAM. It is predicated entirely on the two versions o f
The Black Page and uses more than 100 different audio clips from Zappa
CDs made over more than 25 years as a kind of audio retrospective.

Bruce Pennycook
1996

The Black Page Tropes


B. Pennycook
F. Zappa
1

Percussion

4
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3
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44

Drums

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3

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j
o

( +) 5
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12

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&

> 3



> > >

p
5
5

Dr.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

11

11

-2-

octapad
3
14

4
& 4
5

Pcsn.

e1

11

11

tamtam

f
32"

11

11

44

Dr.

@
&
p

16

Pcsn.

hh

p
20

. 3 j

@ @

3
5

cresc.

o +

(foot)

Dr.

med

j j

> . .
f
F

cresc.

mallets

freely, nervously

..
&.
octa

Pcsn.

6
(sempre)
..

sim

..

49"

j .
U

.. @ J ..
(sempre)
ttms

Dr.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-3-

sim

e2

Pcsn.

U
&

22

@@
# #

"just a sec"
3
3
U press roll
j

@
@

j
j
@

Dr.

916 167 165


octa

24

Pcsn.

& # . .

large

o o oj

Dr.

r .


916
716 165

.
R


p 3
5
3

27

Pcsn.

3
5
^ har
7
7

4
24
16 & 4

Dr.

^

2
165 44

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-4-

3
29

Pcsn.

2
&4
n

5
#

8
#

8
#

7
8

Dr.

2
4

58



J J J

7
8

e3
31

Pcsn.

& 78 .

ride
3
j
^

5
5
4
b

.. # b # 4 j J tom J . R
. p cresc.
6

QQ Q

Dr.

33

Pcsn.

78 .

>
4
4
f

> .

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J
J

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>
b
^

mar
#

24
n
. b

&

J J
3

Dr.

j
j

.
J
J

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

^j
.
f

>
>
.


R
R

-5-

>

> .
.

24

e4

35

Pcsn.

#
n b n
n
2
5
&4
8
6
5
5

octa (toms)

7
8

j cymb.

5
8

pJ

7
8

QQ Q
Q
4:3

Dr.

2
4

5
5

octa
q. (toms)

37

Pcsn.

j
j


4
& 78 98
4
p
4:3
5:3
F3
F
F
crash

q.

5:4

4:3

Dr.

7
8

J
J

j 3

98

J
J

j
@

44

39

Pcsn.

Dr.

5
5
5
3
44 &
# # # @

# # # #
#

4
4

5
5
(toms)
o
j .
+
j
o

J
J


5
5
5

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-6-

e5
5
41

Pcsn.

43

Pcsn.

J p

j j

cresc.

2
4

&4
4

3
3
3
3
U

Jf

cresc.

U
# # #
#

U unison
QQ Q

2
4
4
4

3
3
3
3

o + o +

45

Pcsn.

# # #
& # # # # #
#

#
#

Dr.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score


-7-

2
4

e6

Dr.

2
& > 4
p cresc. 3
p cresc. 3
f
QQ Q

Dr.

octa

e7

46

& # #

Pcsn.

# #

Dr.

+
o+


hihat

3
3
> . #

5
3

j
#

&
# # #
# # #
f
3
3
3
3

48

Pcsn.

Dr.

hihat

Pcsn.

50

7:8

#
n #
#
3
f
3

& #w

#w

Dr.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-8-

>

51

Pcsn.

&

f
r
r
r
r

chin.

hihat

o + o + o + o + 3

Dr.

e8

o+
R
f

&

hihat

53

Pcsn.

sn.

dim.

crash

@j

fp
(press)

octa

58"

Dr.

o+

R
f

55

Pcsn.

&
j

j
@
fp

sn. (press)

Dr.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-9-

.
@
j

e9

57

&

Pcsn.

>

f
QQ Q
Q
3

Dr.

58

Pcsn.

e11

e10

R
R
p

freely

&
7

7
5

unison

QQ Q
Q

QQ Q
Q
3

Dr.

60

Pcsn.

Dr.

vib

&



5
R
R
p

5
#
#
# #

5
5
5
5

j +

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-10-

Jo

62

Pcsn.

# #

&

dim.

()

Dr.

dim. a niente

freely

med/large

dim. a niente

64

Pcsn.

# wwww
& w
()

hihat

Dr.

66

Pcsn.

e12

mar
.

crash
hihat
o + ) freely




5
11
5
5
11
J
(

3
b

b b b b b b b b b b b n b b b b b b b b > > . >


R
&
R

6
5

11
f5
11

>r
>


R
f
3

Dr.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

11

-11-

11

r>

OCTA
ad lib

e13

4
2 5 > 7 > > > 4
&4
4
16
4
p
6
9
5

sub p

68

Pcsn.

QQ Q
Q

44
p

Dr.

ad lib

>
>
>
> > 4
5
2
7






















4

4
16
9
5
6
sub p

e14

71

& 44

Pcsn.

vib

(chin.)

44

Dr.

74

Pcsn.

& ..
..

tacet 2-4 m.

patterns

QQ Q
Q

44
165 #

516

..

patterns*

QQ Q
Q

MIDIPAD [1-6]
ad lib

? .. 3
b& b b
4 #

b
5
5
5
f
..
5

Dr.

improvise*

44



4
.. 34

J
f

* See Performance Notes


Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-12-

76

Pcsn.

crash

4 J
&4

(hand inst)

4-8m

..

to OCTA

..

ad lib with track

44 J

Dr.

patterns

..

Q Q Q
Q

..

improvise

..

get sticks

..

q
3
79

e15

& .

Pcsn.

ad lib

small

58 J .

44

unison

QQ Q
Q
5

Dr.

81

Pcsn.

& 44

..

e16

..

Dr.

j hihat

44

J
p
Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

cr. hihat
58 44
fsub p3

5
#

.. # # # #

# #
to VIB

30" ..

8-16m

"Hello teenage
America"

sim add instruments


> .
.
. .
solo w/tracks
sim. ad lib (cymbals only)

-13-

84

&

Pcsn.

..

.. # # #
#
#
#
#

4-8m

cresc poco a poco

Dr.

87

(sec)

..

..

..

..

very frantic

e17

# # #
& # # # # #
#

#
#

Pcsn.

QQ Q
Q

Dr.

^r

^r
.

sec

88

Pcsn.

Dr.

6
>
#

& # #
>
> . .@ # # # #

>ped
@

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score


J J

@.

.
R
F

sim ad lib (vib solo)


p
-14-

@ # @ b b @..
n

# n
@ @ @ @
F

91

Pcsn.

94

Pcsn.

96

j
. # j

@
@
&@
3
f
p

@
&
w

@
#

cymb fill

Dr.

Dr.

3
b b @

b


# n

@
p
f

Dr.

Pcsn.

&

@j
b
p @J

@
@

ord

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

b@ ..
@

ad lib (very lightly)

rim/cymb


p
-15-

#
b

99

Pcsn.

j
.

& . .
.
J
F

# #

j .

sub

Dr.

..
..

Pcsn.

2
4

2
4

dim.

101

& 24

# b bb
b

j
# #

44

e18

(no accent)

#w

#w
p

#w

#w
1'26"

24
J
p

Dr.

44

ggg

bell tree

mallets

104

Pcsn.

&
#w

glass

Dr.

#w

~~~~~~~~~~~

gently

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

hard mallets

~~~~~~~~~
metal ~~~

-16-

cymb/bell
small

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

e19

107

&

Pcsn.

large

med

(no accent)

>


3
p

Q Q Q
Q

Dr.

gongs

cymb

(sm,m,large)

109

&

Pcsn.

Dr.

@J
p

large, rim

111

rims

Pcsn.

& @J @

.
@


J @

Dr.


tom toms

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-17-

113

&

Pcsn.

e20

OCTAPAD (mixed)

Null

Dr.

. .

115

> >

&

Pcsn.

Pcsn.

j

p
5

&

>

> 3 >
3

@
@ @ @

^

octapad

Dr.

poco rit (ad lib)


p
3

^
5

117

Dr.



poco rit (ad lib)

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-18-

(sticks)

q
e21
119

Pcsn.

large cym

^

j



&

unison
3

(sticks)

snare

QQ Q
Q

solo



sub p cresc.

Dr.

e22

123

U
.. .. w

increase swells gradually

& .. w

Pcsn.

(press - open - press)

to MAR

..

FS

.. ..

..
..

Dr.

(12 - 20 m.)

.. ..

..

43"
tempo dissolves . . .
open molto cres. with audio

..

open solo

125

Pcsn.

e23

&

78

j j j


78

J
p

large


f
F

small cym

unison

Q Q Q
Q

Dr.

U
j
j

sn.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-19-

127

Pcsn.

@ 9
4 @ @ j
&4
16 @j
>
3

@
44

Dr.

(4+4+1)


>

& b

@ @ @

9 ^
16

R
3

129

&

Pcsn.

131

Dr.

>

Dr.

Pcsn.

>

# #
#

?n

.
&
@ @J

#
167 # n # &
(4+3)

7
16
J

> > # >


#
4
# 4

.
165 @

+
r
5


16

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

j
.

R

-20-

44

134

Pcsn.

e24

7
4

&4

b

7

Q Q Q
Q
3



44

Dr.

e25
135

Pcsn.

U
&

U
ad lib. swells

35"

j U

Dr.

out of tempo solo,


very erratic

137

Pcsn.

Dr.

? @ b b @..



p 4:3
J ()

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

sim.

p
..
@

.
# # .
@

>

J

-21-

a tempo

58
p

58

pJ

24

>
3
6
p
f

24

&

# >

# #

3
140

Pcsn.

octapad

2 b
7 # ^ 9

&4
n 8 J

p
p 5 cresc.
6

4:3

6


2
7
4
8

5
J
p sub.
5

Dr.

142

Pcsn.

5:4

e26
octapad
j
j
ad lib. erratic U
98 44 J

4:6
3
5:6
f
p
crash

sim.

Null

98

Dr.

144

Pcsn.

Dr.

^j
sn

44 U
.

J fp
f

a tempo

o
rim

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

Marimba

&

(press--open--press)

# # # # # #

-22-

9
8

145

e27

Pcsn.

U
w

?U
& # # # # # # # # # n n n b
w
#
#
#
n
F

(uneven swells)

Q Q

Dr.

147

Pcsn.

a tempo

p (sempre)

free, ad lib. (cymbals only)


gradually a tempo

o + o + o +

octapad

ad lib. freely, vigorously

cresc.
rim

Dr.

150

Pcsn.

(thinner)

Dr.

j
r
r

>
>

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

j
.
.
> .
Fcresc.

cymbal
fill

bell

j
.

>

>

dim.

>

dim.

-23-


>

153

Pcsn.

U

J

a tempo

@ @
3

@ @
@

@..

dim.

Dr.

>
toms

@
P
P

e28

158

Pcsn.

68

27"

Dr.

Pcsn.

Dr.

fill

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

@
f

+
+
J J
hh

-24-

fill

@ n @
# #

Vibraphone
j

Null

68 . . 44

niente

161

44

fill

w
p

e29

(vibe, mallets)

niente

"He's gotta
gun you know"

.
@ .
P

a tempo

+
J

+
J

3
163

Pcsn.

# #

( )

(time)

164

Pcsn.

b b
#

4

b

@
3

45

165

Pcsn.

44

Dr.

44

# #

Dr.

5
# 4

Dr.

5
4

n #
n

n
44
# n
@
@
#

# #
3
3

44

>


# # #
# # @
>

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

@
# j # .

@
.

-25-

b b

167

Pcsn.

T 3
3
3
>
>
>
n . @ # # n # # n b
n
dim.

3
3

Dr.

(time)

# n # n @
b

170

@ b @ @
b
3

Pcsn.

b ww@

b ww@

@
w

cymb. only

Dr.

time (cymbals)


p
hhat

e30

174

Pcsn.

Dr.

@
w

^ .
R

hhat

(tone)

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

j
o + o + o +

J
v

hhat

-26-

+
+

e31
178

Pcsn.

e32

ad lib.
>
@ j # # n # # #

f
unison
3

QQ Q

1'54"

6
5


sub.
v
3

Dr.

180

Pcsn.

cymb.



(time)

Dr.


octapad

.
..
J

(time)
3


+ +
.

e33
184

Pcsn.

>

(octa) ad lib.

Q Q Q
Q

Dr.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-27-

186

Pcsn.

+
+

Dr.

189

Pcsn.


>f

j
>
> >
>

time

U
>
>
@ @ . @
@
@
3

3
5
p
snare

Dr.

(time)

Uo

e34
191

Pcsn.

(sn)
>

@

j j
f

unison
Q Q Q
Q

Dr.

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-28-

192

Pcsn.

tam tam l.v.

. r

Q Q Q
Q

Dr.

(time)

3
5

196

Pcsn.

b b ..
5

Dr.

&

(time)

leger.

#
#
p

()
199

Pcsn.

Dr.

#
#

& # #

( )

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

o + .

-29-

# # #
# # #

cresc.
time (sim)

()
201

Pcsn.

#
#
j

j
&

#
#

()

Dr.

gradually increase density/complexity (sim.)

()
204
loco
#


Pcsn. &

Dr.

206

Pcsn.

Dr.

j
#

b
J b

j
b

j
b

j
#

b b

b b

b b

n b b
b
3
# #
#

b b b
b
#
&
3
b

( )
6

time

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-30-

208

&

Pcsn.


#
@J @
n #

#loco

#
@

Dr.

b
b

b b
f

fill

> .
>
>

>

# # #

> .

(rapid)

210

&

Pcsn.

212

Dr.

n .

fill

fill

>

b b

n b

&
# #

6
f
6

Pcsn.

Dr.

fill

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-31-

e35

213

&

Pcsn.

Null

Dr.

11

11

e36

e37
lunga
cym.
214
U
U
Pcsn. & @J

e39
e38

out of tempo
octapads ad lib.

26"
QQ Q
lunga

U
3

>
>

Dr.

r
14 U
44

^ .
R
e40

a tempo

cresc.

r
1 U
44
4

out of tempo / w system

e41
218

Pcsn.

& 44

e42

(ad lib.)

11

11

14 R .

unison
Q Q Q
Q
5
5

Dr.

44

11

Pennycook-Zappa/Black Page Tropes/Score

-32-

41 .

11