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P.D.Q. BACH

P.D.Q. BACH

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In 1954 Professor Peter Schickele, rummaging around a Bavarian castle in search of rare musical gems, happened instead upon the original manuscript of a Sanka Cantata by one P.D.Q. Bach, being employed as a strainer in the caretaker's percolator. A cursory examination of the music immediately revealed the reason for  the atrocious taste of the coffee; and when the work was finally performed at the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople, the Professor realized too late that he had released a monster on the musical world. Unable to restrain himself, and with the misguided support of the U. of S.N.D. at H. and otherwise reputable recording and publishing companies, Prof. Schickele has since discovered more than four score of P.D.Q. Bach scores, each one more jaw-dropping than the last, each one another brick in the wall which will someday seal the doom of Musical Culture.

The conspiracy of silence that has surrounded P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742)? For two centuries began with his own parents. He was the last and the least of the great Johann Sebastian Bach's twenty-odd children, and he was certainly the oddest. His father ignored him completely, setting an example for the rest of the family (and indeed for posterity), with the result that P.D.Q. was virtually unknown during his own lifetime; in fact, the more he wrote, the more unknown he became. He finally attained total obscurity at the time of his death, and his musical output would probably have followed him into oblivion had it not been for the zealous efforts of Prof. Schickele. These efforts have even extended themselves to mastering some of the rather unusual instruments for which P.D.Q. liked to compose, such as the left-handed sewer flute, the windbreaker, and the bicycle.

Since 1965 the tireless Professor has kept audiences in stitches with his presentation of P.D.Q. Bach's uniquely typical music. In addition to his annual concerts in New York City, he has appeared with over fifty orchestras, ranging from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the New York Pick-Up Ensemble; and his self-contained show The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach (featuring the Semi-Pro Musica Antiqua) has played in cities and on campuses from Maine to California.

Prof. Schickele's personal appearances are booked by ICM Artists, 40 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, (212) 556-6876.

For more information about P.D.Q. Bach or Professor Schickele, please visit www.schickele.com.

For more information on the dubious works of P.D.Q. Bach, please visit our Presser Spotlite Page.



Works

Band and Wind Ensemble | Chamber Ensembles | Keyboard | Opera | Orchestra | Vocal and Choral




Band and Wind Ensemble


Grande Serenade for an Awful Lot of Instruments, S. 1000 -- 13'
Band
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Available Separately:

Score and parts (#115-40138)
Condensed Score (#115-40138C)
Full Score - Large (#115-40138F)
Set of parts (#115-40138P)


March of the Cute Little Wood Sprites S. Onesy Twosy -- 4'
Band
Published: #115-40184
Commission Information: Commissioned by the Harvard Wind Ensemble, Thomas Everett, Conductor
Recordings

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#115-40184F)
Condensed Score (#115-40184C)
Set of parts (#115-40184P)


Six Contrary Dances for Concert Band
Published: #115-40161
Recordings

Available Separately:

Full Score - Study (#115-40161F)
Set of parts (#115-40161P)
Condensed Score (#115-40161C)



Chamber Ensembles


"Dutch" Suite in G, S. -16 for Bassoon and Tuba -- 10'
Published: #114-40244
Recordings


"Erotica Variations" S.36EE for Banned Instruments and Piano -- 6'
Windbreaker/Balloons/Slide Whistle/Slide Windbreaker/Lasso d'Amore/Foghorn/Bell/Kazoo/Gargle (1 Player); Pno.
Published: #114-40240
Recordings


"Safe" Sextet, S. R33-l45-r[pass it once]78 -- 9'
Picc. E.H. B.Cl. Cbsn. Cel. Hp.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


"Trite" Quintet, S. 6 of 1, Half a Dozen of the Other, The -- 18'
Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb. Pno.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Canzon per sonar a sei - Count them - sei Instrumental Piece for Six-Eccoli-Six, S. 6 -- 3'
2Tpt. 2Hn. Tbn. Tu.
Published: #114-40471
Commission Information: The discovery of this work was commissioned by the Spokane Falls Brass Band
Recordings


Canzonetta "La Hooplina" The Girl from Hoople, S. 16 going on 30 -- 3'
2Tpt. 2Hn. Tbn. Tu.
Published: #114-40623
Premiere Information: November 18, 1990 in Cleveland, Ohio with members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Recordings


Capriccio "La Pucelle de New Orleans" ("The Maid of New Orleans"), S. under 18 -- 3'30"
2Fl. 2Ob. Cl. 2Bsn. Tpt. Tbn.
Published: #114-40578
Recordings


Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments, S. 999… -- 2'
Fl. Ob. Bsn. Hn. Tpt. Tbn.
Published: #114-40580
Recordings


Fanfare for Fred, S. F4F -- 1'
4Tpt.(in C) 4Hn. Timp. 4Perc.
Published: #114-40675
Recordings


Fanfare for the Common Cold S. 98.7 -- 2'
2Tpt. 2Hn. Tbn.
Published: #114-40208


Lip my Reeds, S. 32' (Prelude and Fugue for Four Bassoons) -- 4'30"
Published: #114-40674
Commission Information: The discovery of this work was commissioned by the Tennessee Bassoon Quartet
Recordings


No-No Nonette, S. 86 -- 14'
2Ob. 2Cl. 2Hn. 2Bsn.; Toys
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Octoot, S. 8 for Wind Instruments -- 7'30"
2Fl. 2Ob. 2Cl. 2Bsn.
Published: #414-41157

Movements:
I. Vite, tout de suite
II. Lent, tout au moins
III. Minuet, et, tout à l’heure, trio
IV. Chanson: “Toute l’année, hey, hey, hey”
V. Tout à coup, le bout

Recordings


Schleptet, S.0 -- 8'
Fl. Ob. Bsn. Hn. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
Published: #114-40581

Movements:
I. Larghissimo – Allegro Boffo
II. Menuetto con Brio ma senza Trio
III. Adagio Saccharino
IV. Yehudi Menuetto
V. Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio

Recordings


Sonata Abassoonata, S.888 -- 9'
Bassoon, Piano
Published: #114-40746


Sonata for Viola, Four Hands
Published: #114-40166


Sonata Piccola for Piccolo and Piano -- 8'
Published: #114-40458


Suite No. 1 for Cello All By Its Lonesome -- 5'
Published: #114-40832


Suite No. 2 for Cello All By Its Lonesome -- 8'
Published: #114-40833


The Musical Sacrifice, S. 50% off -- 19'
Picc./Fl. Ob. Bsn. Tbn. Vln. Cb.
Published: #114-40579

Movements:
I. Fuga Meshuga
II. Sort of Little Trio Sonata (Andante; Allegro molto; Lento; Vivace)
III. Three Canons
IV. Chorale Prelude: “Da kommt ja der Schurke”
V. Four More Canons
VI. The Grossest Fugue

Recordings


The Only Piece Ever Written for Violin and Tuba, S. 1+1 -- 7'
Vln. Tu.
Published: #114-41168


Trio (Sic) Sonata, S 3(4) for 2 Flutes, Tambourine and Tuba -- 6'
Published: #114-40370
Recordings


Trumpet Involuntary from "Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 52, 162" -- 2'
2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Hpsd. Wine Bottle
Available from the Presser Rental Library



Keyboard


Goldbrick Variations S. 14 -- 6'
Piano 2-Hands
Published: #110-40706


Little Pickle Book (Pockelbuchlein)
Organ
Published: #413-41144P


Little Pickle Book (Pockelbuchlein), S. 6 -- 5'
for Organ, at least
Published: #413-41144
Commission Information: The discovery of this work was commissioned by Dennis James
Recordings


Notebook for Betty Sue Bach S. 13 going on 14 -- 12'
Piano, 2-Hands
Published: #410-41203


Sonata Da Circo Circus Sonata, S. 3 Ring
Organ, or whatever
Published: #413-41145
Recordings


Sonata Innamorata for Piano Four Hands, S. 1+1
Published: #410-41280


The Short-Tempered Clavier, S. easy as 3.14159265 Preludes and Fugues in All the Major and Minor Keys Except for the Really Hard Ones, -- 32'
Pno.
Published: #410-41313
Recordings


Three Chorale-Based Piecelets, S. III
Org.
Published: #413-41146
Recordings


Three Teeny Preludes, S. 001
Pno.
Published: #110-40630


Toot Suite, S. 212°
Calliope or Org., 4 Hands
Published: #410-41199
Recordings



Opera


A Little Nightmare Music, S. 13 an Opera in One Irrevocable Act -- 20'
2 Actors, Ten. Bar. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: December, 1982. Carnegie Hall, New York City.
Additional Information: To the music of Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Specially marked parts on rental from Theodore Presser.

Movements:
I. Aria: “What sweet music”
II. Aria: “Nature gave us eyes”
III. Duet: “Uh oh”
IV. Finale: “What hutzpah!”

Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#411-41085)


Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice, S. 2^n-1 An Opera in One Unnatural Act -- 20'
Bargain Counter Tenor; Hpschd. Beriberitone/Calliope, Pno.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Oedipus Tex Dramatic Oratorio or Opera in One Cathartic Act. -- 30'
SATB Soloists, SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 - 1 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Kbd. Harmonica (or Harmonium) Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


The Abduction of Figaro, S. 384, 492 Simply Grand Opera in Three Acts -- 2 1/2 hours
9 principals with doubling; SATB Chorus, corpse de ballet; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 3 0; Timp. 2Perc. Ukelele, Pedal Steel, Elec. Guitar (1 player), Keyboard, Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: 24th, 27th, 28th April, 1984. Minnesota Opera, conducted by Peter Schickele.
Recordings


The Stoned Guest, S. 86 proof Half-Act Opera -- 35'
Mezzanine-Soprano, Off-coloratura, Bargain Counter Tenor, Houndentenor, Basso Blotto; 1 1 0 1 - 1 1 1 0; Hpscd. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Additional Information: Setting: A Viennese palace, on the evening of December 4, 1791

Movements:
I. Aria: “What sweet music”
II. Aria: “Nature gave us eyes”
III. Duet: “Uh oh”
IV. Finale: “What hutzpah!”

Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#411-41055)



Orchestra


"Howdy" Symphony, S. 6 7/8 -- 16'
2 2 2 2 - 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


"The Preachers of Crimetheus," S. 988 Ballet in One Selfless Act -- 13'
3(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 2 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Devious Instruments, Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


1712 Overture for really big orchestra, S. 1712 -- 11'
3 3 3 3 - 4 4 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Org. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast: New Horizons in Music Appreciation -- 7'59"
Narrator; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Breakfast Antiphonies, S. 8:30 -- 22'
3(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 2 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str. (2 Cond.)
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Canine Cantata: "Wachet Arf!", S. K9 ("Sleeping Dogs Awake!") -- 9'
Solo Dog; 0 0 0 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Concerto for Bassoon vs. Orch., S. 8' -- 18'
Solo Bassoon; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Concerto for Horn and Hardart, S. 27 -- 18'
Solo Horn, Hardart; Fl. Ob. Bsn. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Concerto for Piano vs. Orchestra, S. 88 -- 25'
Solo Piano; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra (S. 2 are Better Than One) -- 26'
2 Solo Pianos; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 3 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Movements:
I. Shake allegro
II. Andante Alighieri
III. Presto changio

Recordings

Available Separately:

Solo Part (#416-41220A)
Solo Part (#416-41220B)


Fantasieshtick, S. 1001 for Piano and Orchestra -- 20'
Solo Piano; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Gross Concerto No. 2 for Flutoid Instruments and Orchestra, S.-1 -- 11'
Diverse Flutes, 2Tpt. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Gross Concerto, S.-2 -- 12'
Diverse Flutes, 2Tpt. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Hindenburg Concerto, S. Lz 129 -- 8'
Picc. 2Fl. Hn. Tbn. Tu. 2Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Konzertshtick for Two Violins Mit Orchestra, S. 2+ -- 7'
2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Minuet Militaire, S. 1a -- 3'30"
3(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 2 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Overture to "La clemenza di Genghis Khan" S. 1227 -- 7'
2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Pervertimento, S. 66 -- 9'
Bagpipes, Bicycle, Balloons; Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Prelude in C Major
Solo Piano; 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
Published: #416-41245


Prelude to Einstein on the Fritz, S. E=mc2 -- 7'
Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 3 0; 2Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Royal Firewater Musick, S. 1/5 (Dudeldorf Version) -- 16'
2Ob. 2Hn. Bsn. 10Bottle Players, Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Royal Firewater Musick, S. 1/5 (Original Version) -- 15'
2Ob. 2Hn. Bsn. 10Bottle Players, Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Serenude, S. 36-24-36 -- 8'
2 Slide Whistles, 2 Kazoos, Tromboon, Windbreaker, Shower Hose, Strings
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Sinfonia concertante, S. 98.6 -- 8'
Lute, Balalaika, Ocarina, Bagpipes, Left-Handed Sewer Flute, Double-Reed Slide Music Stand, Strings
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Suite from "The Civilian Barber, S. 4F" -- 8'
2Bsn. 2Hn. 2Tpt. Tbn. Timp. Vcls. Cbs.
Available from the Presser Rental Library

Movements:
I. Entrance of the dragoons (tempo di Marsha)
II. Dance of St. Vitus
III. His majesty’s minuet
IV. Fanfare for the royal shaft
V. Her majesty’s minuet
VI. Departure of the dragoons (tempo on the double)

Recordings


The Abduction of Figaro, Overture, S. 384, 492
2 2 2 2 - 2 2 3 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Variations on an Unusually Simple-Minded Theme, S. 1 for Piano and Orchestra -- 22'
Piano; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str
Available from the Presser Rental Library



Vocal and Choral


A Consort of Christmas Carols S. 359
SATB, SSAA, or SAB
Recordings


Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John -- 2'30"
Published: #312-41180
SATB Chorus


O Little Town of Hackensack -- 3'
Published: #312-41181
SATB Chorus


Good King Kong Looked Out -- 2'
Published: #312-41182
SATB Chorus


Good King Kong Looked Out -- 2'
Published: #312-41279
SSAA Chorus


Good King Kong Looked Out -- 2'
Published: #312-41280
SAB Chorus


O Little Town of Hackensack -- 3'
Published: #312-41281
SAB Chorus


Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John -- 2'30"
Published: #312-41282
SAB Chorus


Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John -- 2'30"
Published: #312-41283
SSAA Chorus


O Little Town of Hackensack -- 3'
Published: #312-41284
SSAA Chorus



Birthday Ode to "Big Daddy" Bach, S. 100 -- 8'
Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Mixed chorus; 3Tpt. Timp. Hpschd. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: the discovery of this work was commissioned by Philip Brunelle's Plymouth Music Series and is dedicated by them to Patricia Lund.
Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#412-41067)


Blaues Gras (Bluegrass Cantata), S. 5-string -- 15'
Tenor, Baritone; Bluegrass Band (Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, String Bass); 2Fl. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Cantata Singalonga "Melior Cave Canem" S. MCC ("Better Watch Out for the Dog") -- 5'
Solo Baritone, SATB Chorus (audience singalong); 1 1 1 1 - 1 2 1 0; Timp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Chorale Prelude: "Should" S. 365 a Chorale Prelude for the New Year -- 2'
Chorus; 2Tpt. Timp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Classical Rap, S. 96th St -- 9'
Rapper; 2Tpt.(in C) Hpschd. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings


Diverse Ayres on Sundrie Notions, S. 99 44/100 -- 8'
Bargain Counter Tenor; Worm/Snake; Vln. Vla. Vcl. Hpschd.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#411-41071)


Four Curmudgeonly Canons (The Seasons of a Malcontent), S. 365 -- 9'
SATB Chorus
Published: #312-41675


Four Folk Song Upsettings, S. 4 -- 9'
Mezzanine Sop. & Devious Inst. (Schlagenfrappe, Ocarina, Tuba mirum, Pastaphone); Pno.
Published: #111-40140
Recordings


Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 52, 162 -- 10'
Bargain Counter Tenor, 3 Double Reeds, Trumpet Mouthpiece, Wine Bottle, Harpsichord, String Quartet
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings

Available Separately:

Full Score - Study (#416-41173)


Knock Knock, S. 4/1 Choral Cantata -- 12'
SATB Chorus, 3Fl. Hpschd. Cb.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#412-41073)


Liebeslieder Polkas -- 24'
SATB Chorus, Piano 5-Hands
Recordings


To His Coy Mistress No. 1 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41328


To the Virgins, Make Much of Time No. 2 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41329


The Passionate Shepherd to His Love No. 3 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41330


Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover? No. 4 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41331


It Was a Lover and His Lass No. 5 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41332


The Constant Lover No. 6 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41333


Song to Celia No. 7 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41334


Interlude and Farewell Ungrateful Traitor Nos. 8 & 9 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41335


Who is Sylvia? No. 10 from "Liebeslieder Polkas"
Published: #312-41336



Long Live the King for SAB Chorus -- 2'
Additional Information: Published: 312-41856


Missa Hilarious, S. N2 -- 19'
Bargain Counter Tenor, Bass Blotto, SATB Chorus; Diverse Fl., 2Hn. 2Tpt. Tbn. Timp. Perc. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: December 26th, 1975. Avery Fisher Hall, New York, New York.

Movements:
I. Yriekay
II. Gloria
III. Crdo
IV. Sanctus
V. Agnus Dei

Recordings


Oedipus Tex, S. 150 Dramatic Oratorio -- 30'
SATB Soloists, SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 - 1 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Kbd. Harmonica or Harm. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#412-41072)
Full Score - Large (#416-41263)


Perückenstücke (Hairpiece from The Civilian Barber) S. 4f -- 11'
Soprano, Pumpflute, Police Trombone, Double-Reed Hookah; Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#411-41072)


Seasonings, S. 1½ Tsp., The -- 20'
SATB Soloists, SATB Chorus; 2 Slide Whistles, 2 Kazoos, Tromboon, Windbreaker, Shower Hose, Foghorn, 2 Tpt. Timp. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Recordings

Available Separately:

Piano/Vocal Score (#411-41054)
Full Score - Large (#411-41054S)


Shepherd on the Rocks with a Twist, S. 12 to 1 -- 5'
Bargain-Counter Tenor and Devious Instruments
Published: #111-40111


The Art of the Ground Round, S. 1.19/lb for 3 Baritones and Discontinuo -- 10'
Published: #312-41055
Recordings


Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs (Arie Proprio Zodicale), S. 16°
Bargain-Counter Tenor, Basso Blotto, Keyboards
Published: #414-41160
Recordings


Two Hearts, Four Lips, Three Little Words for SATB Chorus
Published: #312-41699


Two Madrigals from the Triumphs of Thusnelda S. 1601
SATB Chorus
Recordings


The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give
Published: #312-40794


My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth
Published: #312-40795



Recordings


Four Folk Song Upsettings, S. 4


Telarc International CD 80520: The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology



Telarc International CD 80295 (also CS 30295): WTWP: Classical Talkity-Talk Radio



"Erotica Variations" S.36EE for Banned Instruments and Piano


Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 4): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Vanguard Records 79335 (LP, CS, CD): The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach



"Dutch" Suite in G, S. -16 for Bassoon and Tuba


Telarc International CD-80307 (also CS-30307): Music for an Awful Lot Of Winds And Percussion



Trio (Sic) Sonata, S 3(4) for 2 Flutes, Tambourine and Tuba


Telarc International CD-80376: Two Pianos Are Better Than One
Peter Schickele and Jon Kimura Parker, pianos, Jorge Mester, conductor



Canzon per sonar a sei - Count them - sei Instrumental Piece for Six-Eccoli-Six, S. 6


Telarc International CD 80295 (also CS 30295): WTWP: Classical Talkity-Talk Radio



Capriccio "La Pucelle de New Orleans" ("The Maid of New Orleans"), S. under 18


Telarc International CD 80210 (also CS 30210): 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults



The Musical Sacrifice, S. 50% off


Telarc International CD 80520: The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology



Telarc International CD-80376: Two Pianos Are Better Than One
Peter Schickele and Jon Kimura Parker, pianos, Jorge Mester, conductor



Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments, S. 999…


Vanguard Records 79399 (LP, CS, CD): Portrait of P.D.Q. Bach



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 2): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Schleptet, S.0


Vanguard Records 79268 (LP, CS, CD): Report From Hoople: P.D.Q. Bach on the Air



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 2): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Vanguard Records 719/720; CD 72015 (Disc 1): The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach (2 CD set)



Canzonetta "La Hooplina" The Girl from Hoople, S. 16 going on 30


Telarc International CD 80295 (also CS 30295): WTWP: Classical Talkity-Talk Radio



Lip my Reeds, S. 32' (Prelude and Fugue for Four Bassoons)


Telarc International CD-80307 (also CS-30307): Music for an Awful Lot Of Winds And Percussion



Fanfare for Fred, S. F4F


Telarc International CD-80307 (also CS-30307): Music for an Awful Lot Of Winds And Percussion



Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion


Telarc International CD-80307 (also CS-30307): Music for an Awful Lot Of Winds And Percussion



Telarc International CD 80520: The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology



Six Contrary Dances for Concert Band


Telarc International CD-80307 (also CS-30307): Music for an Awful Lot Of Winds And Percussion



March of the Cute Little Wood Sprites S. Onesy Twosy


Telarc International CD-80307 (also CS-30307): Music for an Awful Lot Of Winds And Percussion



Bach Portrait for Narrator and Orchestra


Telarc International CD 80210 (also CS 30210): 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults



Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast: New Horizons in Music Appreciation


Vanguard Records 79268 (LP, CS, CD): Report From Hoople: P.D.Q. Bach on the Air



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 2): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Vanguard Records 719/720; CD 72015 (Disc 1): The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach (2 CD set)



Birthday Ode to "Big Daddy" Bach, S. 100


Telarc International CD 80239 (also CS 30239): Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities



Blaues Gras (Bluegrass Cantata), S. 5-string


Vanguard Records 79427 (LP, CS, CD): Black Forest Bluegrass



Classical Rap, S. 96th St


Telarc International CD 80239 (also CS 30239): Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities



Telarc International CD 80520: The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology



Concerto for Horn and Hardart, S. 27


Vanguard Records 79195 (LP, CS, CD): An Evening With P.D.Q. Bach
Ralph Froelich, French Horn



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Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra (S. 2 are Better Than One)


Telarc International CD-80376: Two Pianos Are Better Than One
Peter Schickele and Jon Kimura Parker, pianos, Jorge Mester, conductor



Diverse Ayres on Sundrie Notions, S. 99 44/100


Vanguard Records 79427 (LP, CS, CD): Black Forest Bluegrass



"Howdy" Symphony, S. 6 7/8


Vanguard Records 79443 (LP, CS, CD): Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head



Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 52, 162


Vanguard Records 79195 (LP, CS, CD): An Evening With P.D.Q. Bach
John Ferrante, Counter-Tenor; Leonid Hambro, Harpsichord; Seymour Platt, Trumpet Mouthpiece; Peter Schickele, Wine Bottle



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Knock Knock, S. 4/1 Choral Cantata


Telarc International CD 80239 (also CS 30239): Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities



Minuet Militaire, S. 1a


Telarc International CD 80210 (also CS 30210): 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults



Telarc International CD 80520: The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology



Missa Hilarious, S. N2


Vanguard Records 79399 (LP, CS, CD): Portrait of P.D.Q. Bach



No-No Nonette, S. 86


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Oedipus Tex, S. 150 Dramatic Oratorio


Telarc International CD 80239 (also CS 30239): Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities



Telarc International CD 80611 (Disc 2): Telarc Classical: Celebrating 25 Years (2-CD compilation)



Telarc International CD 80520: The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology



Perückenstücke (Hairpiece from The Civilian Barber) S. 4f


Vanguard Records 79443 (LP, CS, CD): Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head
Marily Brustadt, off-coloratura soprano



Pervertimento, S. 66


Vanguard Records 79223 (LP, CS, CD): An Hysteric Return: P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall
The Royal P.D.Q. Bach Festival Orchestra, Jorge Mester, Conductor



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 2): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



"The Preachers of Crimetheus," S. 988 Ballet in One Selfless Act


Telarc International CD 80210 (also CS 30210): 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults



Prelude to Einstein on the Fritz, S. E=mc2


Telarc International CD 80210 (also CS 30210): 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults



Royal Firewater Musick, S. 1/5 (Original Version)


Vanguard Records 79448 (LP, CS, CD): A Little Nightmare Music



"Safe" Sextet, S. R33-l45-r[pass it once]78


Telarc International CD 80295 (also CS 30295): WTWP: Classical Talkity-Talk Radio



Seasonings, S. 1½ Tsp., The


Vanguard Records 79223 (LP, CS, CD): An Hysteric Return: P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall
The Royal P.D.Q. Bach Festival Orchestra, Jorge Mester, Conductor



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 1): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Vanguard Records 719/720; CD 72015 (Disc 2): The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach (2 CD set)



1712 Overture for really big orchestra, S. 1712


Telarc International CD 80210 (also CS 30210): 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults



Telarc International CD 80520: The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology



Sinfonia concertante, S. 98.6


Vanguard Records 79195 (LP, CS, CD): An Evening With P.D.Q. Bach
Maurice Eisenstadt, Bagpipes; Robert Lewis, Left-handed Sewer flute; Stanley Buetens, Lute; Stephen Lickman, double-reed slide Music Stand; Peter Zolotareff, Balalaika; Peter Schickele, Ocarina.



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 1): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Suite from "The Civilian Barber, S. 4F"


Vanguard Records 79443 (LP, CS, CD): Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head



The Art of the Ground Round, S. 1.19/lb for 3 Baritones and Discontinuo


Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 4): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Vanguard Records 79335 (LP, CS, CD): The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach



Two Madrigals from the Triumphs of Thusnelda S. 1601


Vanguard Records 6536 (LP, CS, CD): P.D.Q. Bach's Half-Act Opera, "The Stoned Guest"
Amateur Musica Antiqua of Hoople



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 3): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



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Liebeslieder Polkas


Vanguard Records 79438 (LP, CS, CD): Liebeslieder Polkas, Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs



A Consort of Christmas Carols S. 359


Vanguard Records 79399 (LP, CS, CD): Portrait of P.D.Q. Bach



Toot Suite, S. 212°


Vanguard Records 79268 (LP, CS, CD): Report From Hoople: P.D.Q. Bach on the Air



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 2): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Vanguard Records 79335 (LP, CS, CD): The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach



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The Short-Tempered Clavier, S. easy as 3.14159265 Preludes and Fugues in All the Major and Minor Keys Except for the Really Hard Ones,


Telarc International CD 80520: The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology



Telarc International CD-80390 (CS-30390): The Short-Tempered Clavier And Other Dysfunctional Works For Keyboard



Little Pickle Book (Pockelbuchlein), S. 6


Telarc International CD-80390 (CS-30390): The Short-Tempered Clavier And Other Dysfunctional Works For Keyboard



Sonata Da Circo Circus Sonata, S. 3 Ring


Telarc International CD-80390 (CS-30390): The Short-Tempered Clavier And Other Dysfunctional Works For Keyboard



Three Chorale-Based Piecelets, S. III


Telarc International CD-80390 (CS-30390): The Short-Tempered Clavier And Other Dysfunctional Works For Keyboard



Octoot, S. 8 for Wind Instruments


Vanguard Records 79448 (LP, CS, CD): A Little Nightmare Music



Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs (Arie Proprio Zodicale), S. 16°


Vanguard Records 79438 (LP, CS, CD): Liebeslieder Polkas, Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs



The Abduction of Figaro, S. 384, 492 Simply Grand Opera in Three Acts


VideoArts International VHS 69027: The Abduction of Figaro
Professor Peter Schickele, conductor of Chorus, Corpse de Ballet, Orchestra of the Minnesota Opera, the Whole Schmeer



Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice, S. 2^n-1 An Opera in One Unnatural Act


Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 4): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Vanguard Records 79335 (LP, CS, CD): The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach
John Ferante, bargain counter-tenor, David Oei, Keyborards, John Nelson, singist



A Little Nightmare Music, S. 13 an Opera in One Irrevocable Act


Vanguard Records 79448 (LP, CS, CD): A Little Nightmare Music



The Stoned Guest, S. 86 proof Half-Act Opera


Vanguard Records 6536 (LP, CS, CD): P.D.Q. Bach's Half-Act Opera, "The Stoned Guest"
The Orchestra of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople Heavy Opera company, John Nelson, director.



Vanguard Records 159/62-2 (Disc 3): The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (4 CD set)



Vanguard Records 719/720; CD 72015 (Disc 2): The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach (2 CD set)



Reviews

"As usual, the old sew-and-sew, who threads the life of J.S. Bach's forgotten son together, has his audience… in stitches."

-The Philadelphia Inquirer

"More, more! Encore, encore!"

-Washington Evening Star

"The audience tittered, giggled, bell-laughed, guffawed, and downright had a good time, giving Schickele a standing ovation at evening's end calling him back for several curtain calls."

-Indianapolis Star

"Every once in a while, as when Prof. Schickele played two plastic tonettes (cheap flutes) at once and in a surprisingly deft counterpoint, it was apparent that a real musician lurked in this frizzled anarchist."

-Buffalo Evening News

"In the Gross work, the picture of the bearded professor stooped low over the microphone, hair and shirttail flopping, brow furrowed, flute in nose, is an experience not to be forgotten. (And we've tried)… The Piano Concerto is a more ambitious opus, lasting 20-odd minutes, the oddest of them coming in the extended cadenza, which is for every instrument except the piano. Mr. Schickele, who is every bit as good an instrumentalist as he is a conductor, has his finest moments under the piano, literally milking every drop of emotion from the poor thing."

-The New York Times

"The most original and satisfying expert at music parody around these days is… Peter Schickele, known as Professor Schickele… Professor Schickele introduced some of these works, which have set music back several hundred years, to a stunned audience in New York last spring when he made his entrance sliding down a rope from the balcony."

-Life Magazine

"What can I say? You either like P.D.Q.'s stuff or you love it."

-CD Review

"One thing that makes this humor so biting is that at concerts of experimental work you have heard things just as silly as Schickele's performance with balloons, an elephantine pan-pipe, and his trombone/bassoon crossbreed. You wanted to laugh then but felt you couldn't. He invites the cleansing laughter of reason."

-Chicago Sun-Times

"Judging from Prof. Schickele's appearance last night with the San Diego Symphony, age cannot wither nor custom stale the infinite variety of P.D.Q. Bach's lunacy. The same might be said— with apologies to Shakespeare, of course— about P.D.Q.'s amanuensis and chief proselytizer, namely Prof. Schickele himself."

-The San Diego Union

"What sets P.D.Q. apart, which means below, most composers of classical ilk are his rampant plagiarism, technical ineptitude, ludicrous instrumental writing and unfathomable prescience. How this most eclectic of composers could incorporate jazz, blues and other 20th-century styles into his works is something only Schickele could tell."

-The Pittsburgh Press

"[Prof.] Schickele depends on a regular concert-going audience to appreciate his observant parodies of stage etiquette and performance mannerisms that, in other circumstances, are taken, however absurd, without any hint of levity. Similarly his musical jokes surely must delight audiences and the seasoned orchestral member alike, to say nothing of the odd (the very odd) fellow musical-ologist as they ride the flood of musical quotations streaming by."

-The Sydney Morning Herald

"The excellent spoofing of concert hall etiquette, the wildly imaginative misinformation that constitutes Mr. Schickele's musicological lectures on P.D.Q. Bach, and the superior musical satire provided by his compositions are at once enjoyably absurd and enlightening."

-The Christian Science Monitor

"'An Evening with P.D.Q. Bach' is a very, very funny show, even for people who like music but don't know why."

-The New York Times

"P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742)? is the happy creation of Schickele, a composer and former teacher. The concert was a sometimes broad but always knowing lampoon of baroque music, carried off with just enough expertise to border on the believable."

-Time Magazine




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