Benoît Delaune, Metamusical discourse and metalepsis since Frank Zappa

Contemporary and pop-rock musics recognize since the years 1950-60 the autonomy of recorded musical compositions. This change in the status of the musical work is reflected in a metamusical discourse, produced by the composer on his work, in the composition itself, by an ironical, misplaced intrusion. We study this discourse, and the process of metalepsis, as described literary studies and more specifically in the work of Gerard Genette, and compare its use in Frank Zappa's compositions, on the fringes of popular and contemporary musics. We extend our research to other artists who made use of the same ironic, irreverent process of metalepsis.