P.D.Q. Bach

  • 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.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
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    Solo
    Goldbrick Variations
    For Piano, Two Hands
    110-40706 6:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Notebook for Betty-Sue Bach
    For Piano, Two Hands
    410-41203 Piano Unaccompanied
    The Short-Tempered Clavier
    Preludes and Fugues In All The Major and Minor Keys Except for The Really Hard Ones (S. 3.14159, Easy As)
    410-41313 36:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Sonata Da Circo
    (Circus Sonata)
    413-41145 9:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    Sonata Innamorata
    For Piano, Four Hands
    410-41280 9:00 Piano 4 Hands
    Suite No. 1 for Cello All By Its Lonesome 114-40832 5:00
    Suite No. 2 for Cello All By Its Lonesome 114-40833 8:00
    Three Chorale-Based Piecelets
    For Organ
    413-41146 9:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    Three Teeny Preludes
    For Piano
    110-40630 2:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Toot Suite
    For Calliope Or Organ, Four Hands
    410-41199 Organ 4 Hands
    Chamber Ensemble
    Canzon Per Sonar A Sei- Count Them – Sei
    For 2 Bb Trumpets, 2 F Horns, Trombone, and Tuba
    114-40471 3:00 Brass Ensemble
    Capriccio “La Pucelle De New Orleans”
    For Various Instruments
    114-40578 4:00
    Conzonetta “La Hopplina”
    (“The Girl From Hoople”) – for 2 B-Flat Trumpets, 2 F Horns, Trombone, and Tuba
    114-40623 2:20 Brass Ensemble
    “Dutch” Suite In G Major
    For Bassoon and Tuba
    114-40244 10:00 Mixed Duet
    Echo Sonata
    For Two Unfriendly Groups Of Instruments (Flute, Oboe, Bassoon; Trumpet In Bb, French Horn, Trombone)
    114-40580 2:00
    “Erotica Variations”
    For Banned Instruments and Piano
    114-40240 5:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Fanfare for Fred
    For Trumpets, Horns, and Percussion
    114-40675 1:05 Chamber Ensemble
    114-40208 Fanfare for the Common Cold
    For 2 Trumpets In C Or B-Flat, 2 French Horns In F and Trombone
    114-40208 Brass Quintet
    Fugue Of The Volga Boatmen 114-41307
    Lip My Reeds
    Prelude and Fugue for Four Bassoons
    114-40674 4:30 Bassoon Ensemble
    Little Pickle Book
    (Pockelbuchlein)
    413-41144 6:00 Organ with Percussion
    The Musical Sacrifice
    For Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon, Trombone (Tenor/Bass), Violin, and Contrabass
    114-40579 19:00 Chamber Ensemble
    No-No Nonette, S. 86 11560 14:00 2Ob. 2Cl. 2Hn. 2Bsn. Toys
    The Only Piece Ever Written for Violin and Tuba 114-41168 7:30 Violin, Tuba
    “Safe” Sextet, S. R33-l45-r[pass it once]78 11570 9:00 Picc. E.H. B.Cl. Cbsn. Cel. Hp.
    Schleptet In E-Flat Major
    For Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn In F, Violin, Viola, and Cello
    114-40581 8:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Sonata
    Abassoonata (S.888)
    114-40746 9:00 Bassoon with Piano
    Sonata for Viola Four Hands and Harpsichord 114-40166 Viola with Piano
    Sonata Piccola
    For Piccolo and Keyboard
    114-40458 8:00 Piccolo with Piano
    Trio (Sic) Sonata
    For 2 Flutes, Tambourine and Tuba
    114-40370 6:00 Chamber Ensemble
    The “Trite” Quintet, S. 6 of 1, Half a Dozen of the Other 11578 18:00 Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb. Pno.
    Trumpet Involuntary
    from “Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S.52, 162”
    11579 2:00 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Hpsd. Wine Bottle
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    “No-No” Nonette
    For Assorted Winds and Toys
    416-41399 12:00 Nonet
    Grand Serenade for An Awful Lot Of Winds and Percussion 115-40138 13:00 Concert Band
    March Of The Cute Little Wood Sprites
    Full Score and Parts
    115-40184 4:00 Concert Band
    Octoot
    For Wind Instruments
    414-41157 7:30 Wind Ensemble
    Six Contrary Dances
    For Concert Band (Full Score and Parts)
    115-40161 12:00 Concert Band
    Voice with Instrument(s)
    The Art Of The Ground Round
    For Three Baritones and Discontinuo
    312-41055 Three Baritones
    Blaues Gras (Bluegrass Cantata), S. 5-string 11536 15:00 Ten. Bar.; Bluegrass Band (Mand. Banjo, Gtr. Cb.); 2Fl. Str.
    Diverse Ayres On Sundrie Notions
    For Bargain Counter Tenor and Keyboard
    411-41071 7:00
    Diverse Ayres on Sundrie Notions, S. 99 44/100 11546 8:00 Bargain-Counter Ten.; Worm/Snake; Vln. Vla. Vcl. Hpsd.
    Four Folk Song Upsettings
    For Mezzanine-Soprano, Devious Instruments, and Piano
    111-40140 9:00 Mezzo-Soprano, Piano, Schlagenfrappe, Ocarina, Tuba Mirum, Pastaphone
    Four Next-To-Last Songs 111-40242
    Iphigenia In Brooklyn
    Cantata for Bargain-Counter-Tenor, Trumpet Mouthpiece, Double Reeds, Wine Bottle, Harpsichord, and String Quartet
    416-41173
    Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 52, 162 11555 10:00 Bargain-Counter Ten.; 3Double Reeds, Tpt. Mouthpiece, Wine Bottle, Hpsd. Str. Quartet
    The Monk’s Aria
    “Et Exspecto” from Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice
    111-40245 5:00 Voice with Piano
    Peruckenstuck
    From “”The Civilian Barber”” – for Soprano, Pump Flute, Police Trombone, Double-Reed Hookah, and Strings (Piano-Vocal Score)
    411-41072 11:00 Piano, Voice
    Perückenstücke (Hairpiece from The Civilian Barber), S. 4f 11564 11:00 Sop.; Pumpflute, Police Tbn. Double-Reed Hookah, Str.
    Shepherd On The Rocks, With A Twist
    For Bargain Counter Tenor and Devious Instruments
    111-40111 5:00 Counter Tenor, Lasso d’Amore, Tromboon, Tubular Bells, Tuning Bar, Cowbell, Foghorn
    Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs Arie Proprio Zodicale
    For Bargain Counter Tenor, Basso Blotto, and Keyboards
    414-41160 18:00
    Chorus
    1. To His Coy Mistress
    From “”Liebeslieder Polkas (S. 2/4)”” for Chorus, With Piano Five Hands
    312-41328 2:00 SATB
    2. To The Virgins, To Make Much Of Time
    (From “”Liebeslieder Polkas”” S. 2/4) S.A.T.B., With Piano, Five Hands
    312-41329 1:30 SATB
    3. The Passionate Shepherd To His Love
    (From Liebeslieder Polkas [S. 2/4]), S.A.T.B., With Piano, Five Hands
    312-41330 2:45 SATB
    4. Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?
    (From “”Liebeslieder Polkas”” [S. 2/4])
    312-41331 1:45 Mixed Chorus
    5. It Was A Lover and His Lass
    (From Liebeslieder Polkas) S.A.T.B., With Piano, Five Hands
    312-41332 2:30 SATB
    7. Song To Celia
    (From “”Libeslieder Polkas”” [S. 2/4]) S.A.T.B., With Piano, Five Hands
    312-41334 2:30 SATB
    8. Interlude & 9. Farewell Ungrateful Traitor From Liebeslieder Polkas (S. 2/4)
    For Chorus, With Piano, Five Hands
    312-41335 5:00 SATB
    10. Who Is Sylvia?
    (From “Liebeslieder Polkas” [S. 2/4]) – S.A.T.B., With Piano, Five Hands
    312-41336 2:00 SATB
    Birthday Ode To “Big Daddy” Bach (S.100)
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Baritone Soloists, and Orchestra
    412-41067 8:00 Mixed Chorus
    The Constant Lover
    S.A.T.B., With Piano, Five Hands
    312-41333 2:30 SATB
    Four Curmudgeonly Canons
    (The Seasons Of A Malcontent) – for Mixed Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41675 11:00 Mixed Chorus
    Good King Kong Looked Out
    (From “”A Consort Of Christmas Carols””[S. 359]) S.A.B., A Cappella
    312-41280 2:30 Mixed Chorus
    Good King Kong Looked Out
    From A Consort Of Choral Christmas Carols
    312-41279 2:30 SSAA
    Good King Kong Looked Out
    From A Consort Of Choral Christmas Carols
    312-41182 2:30 Mixed Chorus
    Knock, Knock
    Choral Cantata
    412-41073 14:00 SATB
    Long Live The King 312-41856 2:00 Mixed Chorus
    My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth
    S.S.A.T.B. A Cappella
    312-40795 Mixed Chorus
    O Little Town Of Hackensack
    (From “A Consort Of Choral Christmas Carols” [S.359]
    312-41181 3:00 Mixed Chorus
    O Little Town Of Hackensack
    From “”A Consort Of Choral Christmas Carols””[S.359],Sab, A Cappella
    312-41281 3:00 SAB
    O Little Town Of Hackensack
    S.S.A.A., A Cappella
    312-41284 3:00 SSAA
    Oedipus Tex Dramatic Oratorio Or Opera In One Cathartic Act
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone Soloists, and Orchestra
    412-41072 30:00 SATB
    The Queen To Me A Royal Pain Doth Give
    From Two Madrigals From The Triumphs Of Thusnelda
    312-40794 Mixed Chorus
    Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John
    (From “”A Consort Of Choral Christmas Carols”” [S.395]) S.A.B., A Cappella
    312-41282 2:30 Mixed Chorus
    Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John
    From A Consort Of Choral Christmas Carols
    312-41180 2:30 Mixed Chorus
    Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John
    S.S.A.A., A Cappella
    312-41283 2:30 SSAA
    Two Hearts, Four Lips, Three Little Words
    Five-Part Madrigal for S.S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella
    312-41699 6:00 Mixed Chorus
    Chorus and Orchestra
    Birthday Ode to “Big Daddy” Bach, S. 100 11535 8:00 Sop. Mezzo-sop. Ten. Bar.; Mixed Chorus, Off-stage Narrator; 3Picc.Tpt. Timp. Hpsd. Str.
    Cantata Singalonga Melior Cave Canem 11540 5:00 Solo Barelytone, Audience Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 2 1 0; Timp. Str.
    Knock Knock, S. 4/1
    Choral Cantata
    11556 12:00 SATB Chorus, 3Fl. Hpsd. Cb.
    Missa Hilarious, S. N2 11559 19:00 Bargain-Counter Ten. Basso Blotto, SATB Chorus; Diverse Fl. 2Hn. 2Tpt. Tbn. Timp. Perc. Str.
    Orchestra
    1712 Overture for really big orchestra, S. 1712 11574 11:00 3 3 3 3 – 4 4 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Org. Str.
    The Abduction of Figaro, Overture S. 384, 492 11532 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 3 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    A Little Nightmare Music 16630 20:00 Strings – to the music of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Conducted by first violinist from part; no full orchestral score. Specially marked string parts on rental. Piano/vocal score for sale
    A Little Nightmare Music
    An Opera In One Irrevocable Act
    411-41085 20:00 Voice with Instrument
    Breakfast Antiphonies, S. 8:30 11537 22:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc.(Tea Kettle on Hot Plate; Tin Whistle attached to Plastic Tube, Red Wine Bottle, Gatorade Bottle, Stein or Teapot, Water Glass, Spoon, Nutmeg Kernel and Grater, Lemon-shaped Lemon Juice Dispenser, Tabasco Sauce Bottle
    Grande Serenade for an Awful Lot of Instruments, S. 1000a 11548 13:00 3 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Str.
    Hindenburg Concerto, S. Lz 129 11553 8:00 Picc. 2Fl. Hn. Tbn. Tuba 2Perc. Str.
    Howdy Symphony, S. 67/8 11554 16:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Konzertshtick for Two Violins Mit Orchestra, S. 2+ 11557 7:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Cel. Str.
    Minuet Militaire, S. 1a 11558 3:30::00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 3(B.Tbn.)1; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Oedipus Tex, S. 150
    Opera (or Dramatic Oratorio) in One Cathartic Act
    16632 30:00 SATB Soloists, SATB Chorus; 1 1 1 1 – 1 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Kbd. Harmonica or Harm. Str.
    Overture to La clemenza di Genghis Khan, S. 1227 11563 7:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    “The Preachers of Crimetheus,” S. 988
    Ballet in One Selfless Act
    11566 13:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Devious Instruments, Str.
    Prelude In C Major – S Sc 416-41245
    Royal Firewater Musick, S. 1/5
    (Dudeldorf Version)
    11568 16:00 2Ob. 2Hn. Bsn. 10Bottle Players, Str.
    Royal Firewater Musick, S. 1/5
    (Original Version)
    11569 15:00 2Ob. 2Hn. Bsn. 10Bottle Players, Str.
    Should, S. 365
    A Chorale Prelude for the New Year
    11575 2:00 2Tpt. Timp. Str.
    The Stoned Guest 16631 35:00 1 1 0 1 – 1 1 1 0; Hpscd. Str.
    Suite from The Civilian Barber, S. 4F 11577 8:00 2Bsn. 2Hn. 2Tpt. Tbn. Timp. Vcls. Cbs.
    Variations on an Unusually Simple-Minded Theme, S. 1
    for Piano and Orchestra
    11580 22:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast:
    New Horizons in Music Appreciation
    11534 7:59 Narrator; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
    Cantata: “Blaues Gras”
    For Tenor, Bass, Bluegrass Band, and Orchestra
    416-41406 15:00 Orchestra
    Classical Rap, S. 96th St 11541 9:00 2Tpt. Hpsd. Str. Rapper
    Concerto for Bassoon vs. Orchestra, S. 8′ 11542 18:00 Solo Bsn.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Horn and Hardart, S. 27 11543 11:00 Hn. Hardart, Fl. Ob. Bsn. Str.
    Concerto for Piano vs. Orchestra, S. 88 11544 25:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
    23545 Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra (S. 99%) 23545 22:45 Solo Pno.; 2(dbl. Picc.1,2) 2 2 2 – 2 2 3 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Two Pianos Vs. Orchestra 416-41392 26:00 Orchestra
    Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra
    (S. 2 are Better Than One)
    11545 26:00 2Pno. soli; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 3 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Fantasieshtick, S. 1001
    for Piano and Orchestra
    11547 20:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Gross Concerto, S. -2 11549 12:00 Diverse Flutes, 2Tpt. Str.
    Prelude to Einstein on the Fritz, S. E=mc2 11567 7:00 Solo Pno.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 3 0; 2Perc. Str.
    Opera / Oratorio
    The Abduction of Figaro
    Opera in three acts.
    16628 150:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 3 0; Timp. 2Perc. Ukelele/Pedal Steel Guitar/El.Guitar. Pno. or Hpscd. Str.
    Gross Concerto No. 2 for Diverse Flutes and Orchestra, S. -1 11552 12:00 Diverse Flutes (Ocarina, Grosse Ocarina, 2 Plastic Tonettes, Slide Whistle, Nose Flute, Oscar Mayer Wiener Whistle, Left-handed Sewer Flute, Shoe Horn, Dill Piccolo), 2Tpt. Tbn. Str.
    Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice
    Opera in 1 unnatural act.
    16629 20:00 Calliope/Beri Beritone, Hpscd. Pno. Water glasses
    Oedipus Tex 416-41263
    The Seasonings (S. 1 1/2 Tsp.)
    Oratorio for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Soloists. Mixed Chorus (Satb) and Orchestra
    411-41054 20:00 Chamber Ensemble
    The Seasonings, S. 1½ Tsp. 11571 20:00 SATB Soloists, SATB Chorus; 2 Slide Whistles, 2 Kazoos, Tromboon, Windbreaker, Shower Hose, Foghorn, 2 Tpt. Timp. Str.
    The Stoned Guest
    A Half-Act Opera (Vocal Score)
    411-41055 35:00
    Ensembles with Unusual “Instruments”
    Canine Cantata: “Wachet Arf!”, S. K9
    (“Sleeping Dogs Awake!”)
    11538 9:00 Solo Dog; 0 0 0 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
    Pervertimento, S. 66 11565 9:00 Bagpipes, Bicycle, Balloons; Str.
    Serenude, S. 36-24-36 11572 8:00 2 Slide Whistles, 2 Kazoos, Tromboon, Windbreaker, Shower Hose, Strings
    Sinfonia concertante, S. 98.6 11576 8:00 Lute, Balalaika, Ocarina, Bagpipes, Left-Handed Sewer Flute, Double-Reed Slide Music Stand, Strings
    Other
    The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach Postcard
    Pack Of 6
    418-41018
    P.D.Q. Bach Portrait Postcard
    Pack Of 6
    418-41015

  • 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.
    –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.
    –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

    CANTATA: “BLAUES GRAS” (BLUEGRASS CANTATA), S. 6 STRING
    …a definite hit with nonstop laughter and appreciative applause.
    –Alison Kaufman, The Register-Guard

    CONCERTO FOR SIMPLY GRAND PIANO AND ORCHESTRA (S. 99%)
    …what makes Schickele such a gem is his seamless blending of the serious and the spoof. He doesn’t sacrifice sophistication for satire. Schickele laughs at what he loves. He throws shade at Mozart and Haydn and breaks an homage to Mozart into a boogie-woogie.
    –John Lamb, Inforum

  • Morning Music: Piano Works by Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach MORNING MUSIC: PIANO WORKS BY PETER SCHICKELE AND P.D.Q. BACH
    Musical Tapestries (); May 1, 2014
    Performer(s): Laura Leon, piano; Blair McMillen, piano
    Work(s): “Goldbrick” Variations for Piano, Two Hands
    Three Teeny Preludes
    The Abduction of Figaro THE ABDUCTION OF FIGARO
    VideoArts International (DVD 4254); February 10, 2004
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, conductor of Chorus, Corpse de Ballet, Orchestra of the Minnesota Opera, the Whole Schmeer
    Work(s): The Abduction of Figaro, S. 384, 492
    The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology THE ILL-CONCEIVED P.D.Q. BACH ANTHOLOGY
    Telarc International (80520-25); November 1, 1998
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, conductor, bass, devious instruments; The Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic, Newton Wayland, conductor; The Okay Chorale; Members of The New York Pick-Up Ensemble;…
    Work(s): Four Folk Song Upsettings, S. 4
    The Musical Sacrafice
    The Short-Tempered Clavier, S. easy as 3.14159265
    The Dreaded P.D.Q Bach Collection (4 CD set) THE DREADED P.D.Q BACH COLLECTION (4 CD SET)
    Vanguard Records (159/62-2); August 27, 1996
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, conductor, announcer, beriberitone, Hardart, Wine Bottle, Ocarina, bicycle, windbreaker, tromboon, worm, calliope, siren; Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jorge Mest…
    Work(s): Erotica Variations
    Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice, S. 2^n-1
    The Art of the Ground Round, S. 1.19/lb
    The Short-Tempered Clavier And Other Dysfunctional Works For Keyboard THE SHORT-TEMPERED CLAVIER AND OTHER DYSFUNCTIONAL WORKS FOR KEYBOARD
    Telarc International (80390-25); August 1, 1995
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, steam calliope, organ; Christopher O’Riley, famous concert pianist; Dennis James, famous theater organist; David Robinson, whoever he is
    Work(s): Little Pickle Book (Pockelbuchlein), S. 6
    Sonata Da Circo Circus Sonata, S. 3 Ring
    Three Chorale-Based Piecelets, S. III
    Two Pianos are Better Than One TWO PIANOS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
    Telarc International (80376-25); September 1, 1994
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, piano; Jon Kimura Parker, piano; The New York Pick-up Ensemble, Jorge Mester, conductor; Wayne Hedrick, flute; Grace Lingen, flute; Peter DuBeau, tuba; Richard Fitz, tambour…
    Work(s): Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra (S. 2 are Better Than One)
    Trio (Sic) Sonata, S 3(4)
    An Evening with P.D.Q. Bach AN EVENING WITH P.D.Q. BACH
    Vanguard Records (79195); December 6, 1993
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, Hardart, Wine Bottle and Ocarina; Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jorge Mester; John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor; Ralph Froelich, French Horn; Leonid Hambro, Ha…
    Work(s): Concerto for Horn and Hardart, S. 27
    Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 52, 162
    Sinfonia concertante, S. 98.6
    Music for an Awful Lot Of Winds And Percussion MUSIC FOR AN AWFUL LOT OF WINDS AND PERCUSSION
    Telarc International (80307-25); September 1, 1992
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, intellectual guide; Turtle Mountain Naval Base Tactical Wind Ensemble; Tennessee Bassoon Quartet; David McGill, bassoon; Ronald Bishop, tuba
    Work(s): “Dutch” Suite in G, S. -16
    Fanfare for Fred, S. F4F
    Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion
    Lip my Reeds, S. 32′
    March of the Cute Little Wood Sprites
    Six Contrary Dances
    P.D.Q. Bach on the Air P.D.Q. BACH ON THE AIR
    Vanguard Records (79268); November 26, 1991
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, conductor, announcer, worm (that’s an instrument); I Virtuosi di Hoople; John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor; Robert Dennis, announcer
    Work(s): Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast: New Horizons in Music Appreciation
    Schleptet, S.0
    Toot Suite, S. 212°
    WTWP: Classical Talkity-Talk Radio WTWP: CLASSICAL TALKITY-TALK RADIO
    Telarc International (80295-25); November 13, 1991
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele; Donna Brown as Blondie; Elliott Forrest as Jocko; Dana Krueger, Mezzanine-soprano; Peter Lurye, Piano; Calliope: A Renaissance Band
    Work(s): Canzon per sonar a sei – Count them – sei
    Canzonetta “La Hooplina”
    Safe Sextet, S. R33-l45-r[pass it once]78
    An Hysteric Return: P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall AN HYSTERIC RETURN: P.D.Q. BACH AT CARNEGIE HALL
    Vanguard Records (79223); October 25, 1990
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, bicycle, windbreaker, tromboon; The Royal P.D.Q. Bach Festival Orchestra, Jorge Mester, conductor; Lorna Haywood, soprano; Marlena Kkeinman, alto; John Ferrante, tenor; Will…
    Work(s): Pervertimento, S. 66
    Seasonings, S. 1½ Tsp., The
    Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities OEDIPUS TEX & OTHER CHORAL CALAMITIES
    Telarc International (80239-25); September 1, 1990
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, conductor, bass; The Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic, Newton Wayland, conductor; The Okay Chorale; Grandmaster Flab and the Hoople Funkharmonic; Pamela South, so…
    Work(s): Birthday Ode to “Big Daddy” Bach, S. 100
    Classical Rap, S. 96th St
    Knock Knock, S. 4/1
    Oedipus Tex, S. 150
    A Little Nightmare Music A LITTLE NIGHTMARE MUSIC
    Vanguard Records (79448); January 25, 1990
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele conducting The New York Pick-Up Ensemble; James Billings, baritone (Antonio Salieri, a successful composer); Bruce Ford, tenor (Peter Schläfer, a mysterious writer); Gerald T…
    Work(s): A Little Nightmare Music, S. 13
    Octoot, S. 8 for Wind Instruments
    Royal Firewater Musick, S. 1/5
    Black Forest Bluegrass BLACK FOREST BLUEGRASS
    Vanguard Records (79427); January 25, 1990
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, bass, conductor, snake (that’s an instrument); The New York Pick-Up Ensemble, Robert Bernhardt, conductor; John Ferrante, tenor; Eric Weisberg, mandolin and harmonica; Bill …
    Work(s): Blaues Gras (Bluegrass Cantata), S. 5-string
    Diverse Ayres on Sundrie Notions, S. 99 44/100
    No-No Nonette, S. 86
    Liebeslieder Polkas, Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs LIEBESLIEDER POLKAS, TWELVE QUITE HEAVENLY SONGS
    Vanguard Records (79438); January 25, 1990
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, basso blotto, piano (fifth hand); The Swarthmore College Chorus, Peter Gram Swing, conductor; John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor; David Oei, piano, calliope, harpsichord, …
    Work(s): Liebeslieder Polkas
    Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs
    Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head MUSIC YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD
    Vanguard Records (79443); January 25, 1990
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele conducting the New York Pick-Up Ensemble; Marilyn Brustadt, off-coloratura soprano; Paul Dunkel and Diva Goodfriend-Koven, pumpflute; Lauren Goldstein, Bill Becker and Abdul …
    Work(s): Howdy Symphony, S. 6 7/8
    Perückenstücke (Hairpiece from The Civilian Barber)
    Suite from “The Civilian Barber, S. 4F”
    Portrait of P.D.Q. Bach PORTRAIT OF P.D.Q. BACH
    Vanguard Records (79399); January 25, 1990
    Performer(s): The New York Pick-Up Ensemble, Professor Peter Schickele, conductor; John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor; Harris Poor, basso blotto; Ransom Wilson and Diva Goodfriend-Koven, tape recorders, hand flut…
    Work(s): A Consort of Christmas Carols S. 359
    Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments
    Missa Hilarious, S. N2
    The Stoned Guest THE STONED GUEST
    Vanguard Records (76536); January 25, 1990
    Performer(s): Entire fiasco under the supervision of Professor Peter Schickele; The Orchestra of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople Heavy Opera Company under the direction of John Nelson; Marlene Kle…
    Work(s): The Stoned Guest, S. 86 proof Half-Act Opera
    Two Madrigals from the Triumphs of Thusnelda S. 1601
    1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults 1712 OVERTURE & OTHER MUSICAL ASSAULTS
    Telarc International (80210-25); June 27, 1989
    Performer(s): Professor Peter Schickele, conductor, narrator, pianist, devious instrumentalist and intellectual guide; The Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic, Walter Bruno, conductor; I Virtuosi di Hoople
    Work(s): 1712 Overture for really big orchestra, S. 1712
    Bach Portrait
    Capriccio “La Pucelle de New Orleans” (“The Maid of New Orleans”), S. under 18
    Minuet Militaire, S. 1a
    Prelude to Einstein on the Fritz, S. E=mc2
    The Preachers of Crimetheus, S. 988

  • “Howdy” Symphony
    for Orchestra
    Birthday Ode to “Big Daddy” Bach
    for Solo Voices, Chorus and Orchestra
    Canine Cantata: “Wachet Arf!”, S. K9 (“Sleeping Dogs Awake!”)
    for Dog and Chamber Orchestra
    Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra (S. 99%)
    Oedipus Tex
    Opera (or Dramatic Oratorio) for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra
    Prelude to “Einstein on the Fritz”
    for Piano and Orchestra
    Royal Firewater Musick
    for Chamber Orchestra
    The Abduction of Figaro (Act I)
    Simply Grand Opera in Three Acts
    The Abduction of Figaro (Act II-III)
    Simply Grand Opera in Three Acts
    The Abduction of Figaro (Overture)
    Simply Grand Opera in Three Acts
    The Stoned Guest
    A Half-Act Opera

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