Composer, musician, author, satirist---Peter Schickele is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field of music. His works, now well in excess of 100 for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, voice, movies and television, have given him "a leading role in the ever-more-prominent school of American composers who unselfconsciously blend all levels of American music" (John Rockwell, The New York Times).
His commissions are numerous and varied, ranging from works for the National Symphony and the Minnesota Opera to compositions for distinguished instrumentalists and singers. Mr. Schickele's SYMPHONY NO. 1 "Songlines" was premiered by the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, and has since been played by the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras around the country. He is the recipient of five Grammies.
Peter Schickele has arranged one of the musical segments for the new Disney animated feature film, "Fantasia 2000." He also created the musical score for the film version of Maurice Sendak's children's classic "Where the Wild Things Are," issued on videocassette along with another Sendak classic "In the Night Kitchen" (Weston Woods), which Mr. Schickele narrates.
Among his many, diverse projects is a weekly, syndicated radio program, Schickele Mix, which has been heard nationwide over Public Radio International since January 1992 and won ASCAP's prestigious Deems Taylor Award.
In his well-known other role as perpetrator of the oeuvre of the now classic P.D.Q. Bach, Peter Schickele is acknowledged as one of the great satirists of the 20th century. In testimony, Vanguard has released 11 albums of the fabled genius's works; six have been released by Telarc. Random House has published eleven editions of The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach (which has also been translated into German, and is available as an audio book from the HighBridge Company); Theodore Presser has printed innumerable scores; and VideoArts International has produced a cassette of P.D.Q. Bach's only full-length opera, The Abduction of Figaro. He tours annually with three programs featuring his own music as well as that of his alter-ego, P.D.Q. Bach: Peter Schickele Meets P.D.Q. Bach, Son of P.D.Q. Bach and P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll & Hyde Tour.
In the course of his career Schickele has also created music for four feature films, among them the prize-winning "Silent Running," as well as for documentaries, television commercials, several "Sesame Street" segments and an underground movie that he has never seen in its finished state. He was also one of the composer/lyricists for "Oh, Calcutta," and has arranged for Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie and other folk singers.
Peter Schickele was born in Ames, Iowa, and brought up in Washington, D.C. and Fargo, North Dakota. Schickele and his wife, the poet Susan Sindall, reside in New York City and at an upstate hideaway where he concentrates on composing. His son and daughter are involved in various alternative rock groups, both as composers and performers.
Mr. Schickele's personal appearances are booked by ICM Artists, 40 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, (212) 556-6876.
For more information about Peter Schickele or P.D.Q. Bach, please visit www.schickele.com.
Finish Line at the Rat Race for Alto Saxophone, Two Trumpets, French Horn, Two Trombones, Tuba and Two Percussion (1997) -- 5' Published: #164-00266 Commission Information: Commissioned by Les Miserables Brass Band
Little Suite for Summer (1977) -- 7' Published: #165-00087 Additional Information: Also available in piano 4-hands version
Condensed Score (#165-00087C) Full Score - Large (#165-00087F) Set of parts (#165-00087P)
Metropolitan Wind Serenade for Symphonic Band (1995) -- 12' 30" Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Premiere Information: Nov. 18, 1995, Tsai Auditorium, Boston University, with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony
Movements: • I. Summer Day on the Banks of the Charles • II. Times Square • III. Nocture: Golden Gate • IV. St. Paul Sunday Stroll • V. Git Outta Town!
Movements: • I. Allegro moderato • II. Cantabile, con moto • III. Fuga, con brio • IV. Aria; V. Presto
Autumn Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (2009) -- 14'
Movements: • I. Mosaic • II. Intermezzo • III. Tarantella (La vache qui rit)
Bestiary for Renaissance ensemble (at least four players) and narrator (1982) -- 28' Commission Information: Commissioned by Calliope Premiere Information: April 9, 1983, Calliope with Peter Schickele narrating, Merkin Hall, NYC
Blue Set No. 1 for Jazz String Quartet (see Jazz and Jazz-inflected pieces)
Broadway Boogie (1987) -- 5' Fl., Cl., Hp., Pn.; Str. Quartet, Cb. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by the Flint Institute Premiere Information: Sept. 26, 1987, Flint, Michigan, Ransom Wilson, David Shifrin and friends
Commedia for Two Oboes and Bassoon (1977) -- 7' Published: #164-00150
Dances for Three for Two Clarinets and Bassoon (1980) -- 14' Published: #164-00172 Premiere Information: Feb. 6, 1983, University of Western Ontario (London) • Recordings
Delta Jukebox for Two Bassoons and Piano (1991) -- 9' Premiere Information: May 21, 2002, Los Angeles, CA. Additional Information: Published: #164-00268
Movements: • I. Meadow Music • II. Bearsville Bounce • III. Even Bassoonists Get The Blues
Diversions for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon (1963) -- 9' Published: #164-00152
Divertimento for Two Clarinets and Bassoon (1984) -- 9' Published: #164-00235
Movements: • I. In the Garden of Eden • II. At the Walls of Jericho • III. Procession into the Ark • IV. Salomé
Dream Dances for Flute, Oboe and Cello (1988) -- 12' Published: #164-00206 Premiere Information: May 17, 1989, Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY, with Gwyndolyn Mansfield-Hottom, Robert Botti and Peter Rosenfeld
Eagle Rock for Cello and Piano (1996) -- 4' 30" Published: #164-00243 Premiere Information: March 17, 1997, Armen Ksajikian, cello, Peter Schickele, piano, The Neighborhood Church, Pasadena, CA
Elegies for Clarinet and Piano (1974) -- 10' Published: #164-00128
Movements: • I. Song for Bert • II. Song for Lannatch • III. Ceremony
Emperor's New Clothes -- 23'30" Narrator; Ob. Vln. Vla. Vcl. Pno. Published: #164-00262 Commission Information: Commissioned by An Die Musik Premiere Information: 10th November, 2002. An die Musik, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City. • Recordings
Fanfare for a Lost Cause for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Cello (1960) -- 2' Available From Composer
Gardens for Oboe and Piano Available From Alexander Broude, Inc.
Hornsmoke a Horse Opera for Brass Quintet and Narration (see Musical Theatre)
Household Moose, The Sketches from the summer of 1956 (2009) Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet Additional Information: Arrangement of original 1956 version for piano
Movements: • I. Invocation of the Moose • II. Diaries • III. La Belle Jeune Fille Français • IV. Reminiscences of Rikki • V. Die Zahnradbahn • VI. Le Campane • VII. Gratitude to the Moose
Joy to the World, Especially Out-of-Work Musicians Suite for Six Gig-impaired Instruments (2006) -- 6' Picc. E.H. EbCl. B.Sax. Cbsn. Perc. Commission Information: Commissioned by A Prairie Home Companion for Dec. 23, 2006 broadcast. Additional Information: Published: #164-00274
Monochrome V for Flute Octet (1982) -- 8' 30" Published: #164-00173 Commission Information: Commissioned by the New York Flute Club
Monochrome VI for Ten Pianos (1989) -- 7' Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra Premiere Information: July 30, 1989 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
Mountain Music I for Cello and Piano (1989) -- 8' Published: #164-00203 Premiere Information: Sept. 17, 1989, James Kreger and Bernard Rose, at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, NY.
Mountain Music II for Viola and Piano (2006) -- 9' Premiere Information: 4/18/06, Scandinavia House, NYC, Danielle Farina and Peggy Kampmeier
Movements: • I. Spring Glen • II. Boone’s Tunes • III. Silver Hollow Song
Music for an Evening for String Quartet and Piano, 4 Hands (1982) -- 15' Published: #164-00189 Premiere Information: February 6, 1983, University of Western Ontario
Music for Mary for Alto Recorder (or Flute) and Piano (1988) -- 8' Published: #164-00192
Music for Orcas Island for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello (2007) -- 7' Commission Information: Commissioned by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Premiere Information: July 20, 2007, with performers Jon Kimura Parker, William Preucil, Aloysia Friedmann, Desmond Hoebig
New Goldberg Variations for Cello and Piano (1995) -- 6' 30" Published: #164-00252 Commission Information: Judith N. Goldberg, in memory of Robert Philip Goldberg Premiere Information: Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, August 24, 1997
Movements: • I. Fanfares and Entrances • II. A Walk in the Park • III. A Toast to Mozart • IV. Finale
Percussion Sonata No. 1 "Aspen" for Percussion Ensemble (min. 12 players) -- 13' Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Aspen Music Festival and School for the Aspen Percussion Ensembles, Jonathan Haas, director
Percussion Sonata No. 2 "Woodstock" for Four Wind Chimes and Assorted Percussion Instruments (5 Players) (1997) -- 13' Published: #164-00263 Premiere Information: July 19, 1997
Quintet No. 1 for Piano and String Quartet Commission Information: Commissioned by Reston Prelude Festival. Premiere Information: June 21, 1996, Audubon Quartet and Peter Schickele Available From Composer
Movements: • I. Prelude • II. Intermezzo • III. Elegy • IV. Finale
Quintet No. 2 for Piano and String Quartet (1997) -- 26' Published: #164-00251 Commission Information: Lark Quartet and Ohio University Premiere Information: October 27, 1997, Atheus, OH, Ohio University, Peter Schickele, piano, and Lark Quartet
Movements: • I. Moderately slow, with motion • II. Fast • III. Moderate, singing • IV. Lively
Serenade for Six (1988) -- 16' Bsn., Vln., Vla., Vcl., Cb., Pno. Published: #164-00197 Commission Information: Commissioned by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Movements: • I. Moderate, mysterious; fast, bold • II. Slow, serene; fast, driving; Tempo I • III. Driving, boisterous
Set of parts (#164-00197P) Full Score - Large (#164-00197S) Solo Part (#164-00197U)
Serenade for Three for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1992) -- 13' Published: #164-00228 Commission Information: Commissioned by the Verdehr Trio Premiere Information: March 17, 1993, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC
Movements: • I. Dances • II. Songs • III. Variations
Movements: • I. Fire • II. Earth • III. Water • IV. Air
Spring Serenade for Flute and Piano (1983) -- 25' Published: #164-00176 Commission Information: Commissioned by Sue Ann Kahn Premiere Information: Sue Ann Kahn and Andrew Willis, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC, Feb. 22, 1984
Movements: • I. Invocation • II. Pastorale • III. Whirlwind Waltz • IV. Song • V. Finale
Variations on a Joke (1984) -- 4' 30" 2Tpt., Hn., Tbn., Tu. Published: #164-00225 Commission Information: Commissioned by the Canadian Brass
What Did You Do Today at Jeffey's House? Three Pieces for French Horn and Piano (1988) -- 5' Published: #164-00204 Premiere Information: Oct. 14, 1988, Thomas Bacon and Brian Connelly, St. Louis, MO Additional Information: Orchestra version also available.
Movements: • I. “First We Had a Parade” • II. "After Lunch Jeffey’s Mom Made Us Take a Nap” • III. "Then We Did a Carnival with a Haunted House and Dancing Bears”
Windows Three Pieces for Viola (or Flute or Clarinet) and Guitar (1966) -- 7' Published: #164-00188
Movements: • I. Pavane • II. Cantilena • III. Refrain
Year in the Catskills, A for Woodwind Quintet (2009) -- 21' Commission Information: Commissioned by Vanderbilt University Premiere Information: March 16, 2009, Blair Woodwind Quintet, Vanderbilt University
Movements: • I. Spring: Fantasy • II. Summer: Imitations • III. Fall: Variations • IV. Winter: Lament • V. Finale
Blake's Proverbs for Mixed Chorus, Piano 4 Hands, Four Percussion and Contrabass (1991) -- 16' Commission Information: Commissioned by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Available From Composer
Movements: • Energy; One Law; No Bird • He Whose Face • The Pride of the Peacock, Let The Priests • The Soul of Sweet Delight • What Is Now Proved
Carol for SSA Chorus (1960) -- 3' Available From Alexander Broude, Inc.
Ceremony for Solo Baritone, Mixed Chorus and Jazz Ensemble (1985) -- 41' Commission Information: Commissioned by New England Conservatory Premiere Information: May 8, 1985, New England Conservatory
Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" for Solo Piano and SATB Chorus (1987) -- 27' 30" total Commission Information: Commissioned by Pacific Lutheran University Premiere Information: Nov. 3, 1987, Tacoma, WA, with Robin McCabe, Choir of the West, Richard Sparks Additional Information: Published in four volumes—see below
Go for Broke a Comedy for SSATB Chorus, a cappella (1989) -- 4' Published: #462-00031 Commission Information: Commissioned by the Plymouth Music Series Premiere Information: February 5, 1989 at Plymouth Congregational Church, Philip Brunelle, conductor.
Guide My Soul for SATB and Organ (1988) -- 4' 30" Published: #362-03392
Happy Birthday, Beth for 2-part Chorus (Male or Female) (1988) -- 2' Published: #362-03401 Premiere Information: May 17, 1993, Peter Schickele and Elliott Z. Levine, Merkin Hall, NYC.
Incantations for SATB Chorus, Flute, Oboe, Violin, Contrabass, Percussion and Harp (1998) -- 13' Commission Information: Commissioned by I Cantori Premiere Information: I Cantori, Robert Harris, conductor, March 9, 1988, Savannah, GA Available From Composer
Music for a Wedding for Unison Chorus, Flute, Percussion and Piano 4 Hands (1978) -- 5' 30" Published: #362-03304
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord for Mixed Chorus, Piano and Strings (1998) -- 4'30" Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by Rockland Camerata Premiere Information: April 19, 1988, Nyack, NY, Rockland Camerata, William Reese, conductor
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord for SATB Chorus and Piano (with optional strings) (1998) -- 4'30" Commission Information: Commissioned by Rockland Camerata Premiere Information: April 19, 1988, Nyack, NY, Rockland Camerata, William Reese, conductor Additional Information: Published: #362-03418
Ritual for SSAAATTTBBB Chorus, Two Soprano Soli and Pre-Columbian Instruments for 10 players (1995) -- 11' 30" Premiere Information: February 9, 1996, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton Pro Musica, Francis Slade, director Available From Composer
Roundup Two-, Three, and Four-Part Rounds (1973) Published: #362-03191
Songs I Taught My Mother for SATB Chorus and Rhythm Person (1988) -- 6' Premiere Information: November 12, 1988, Walter Ford Hall Auditorium, Ithaca College, Ithaca College Choir, Lawrence Doebler, conductor Available From Composer
Movements: • Happy Birthday, Beth • I Know What's Good For Cuts • Photo of a Flea on Skin • Singing with the Vacuum Cleaner
Set of parts (#164-00217P) Full Score - Large (#164-00217S)
Blue Set No. 1 for Jazz String Quartet (1993) -- 16' Published: #164-00250 Commission Information: Commissioned by the Greene String Quartet Premiere Information: May 7, 1993, The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles
Movements: • I. Mumbo Jumbo • II. Twelve Bars • III. Tucumcari • IV. Over and Out
Set of parts (#164-00250P) Full Score - Large (#164-00250S)
Blue Set No. 2 for Four Bassoons (1996) -- 12' Published: #164-00231 Commission Information: Bassoon Brothers (Mark Eubanks, Robert Naglee, Juan de Gomar, Bonnie Filmore Cox) Premiere Information: Bassoon Brothers, Portland, OR, April 18, 1997
Movements: • I. Bassooner or Later • II. Portlandia in Cerulean • III. Gang of Wolves
Cool Clear Walter (1962) -- 3' Vla. d'Amore, 2Fl., B.Cl., Cb. Not yet released (in prep: #164-00219) Additional Information: Requires no improvisation except perhaps in the bass and drums.
Set of parts (#164-00219P) Full Score - Large (#164-00219S)
Harvard Fair for Big Band (1988) -- 4' 5 4 4; Pno., Cb., Drums Published: #165-00094 Commission Information: Commissioned by Harvard Jazz Ensemble Premiere Information: April 9, 1988, Saunders Theatre, Cambridge, MA, Harvard Jazz Ensemble
Set of parts (#165-00094P) Full Score - Large (#165-00094S)
Set of parts (#164-00216P) Full Score - Large (#164-00216S)
Part-time Invention (1964) -- 4' Fl., Hpschd., Cb., Drums Published: #164-00221 Additional Information: Requires no improvisation except perhaps in the bass and drums.
Set of parts (#164-00221P) Full Score - Large (#164-00221S)
Take Me Back to Funk, Nebraska for Big Band (1962; arr. 1988) -- 4' 5 4 4; Pno., Cb., Drums Premiere Information: April 9, 1988, Saunders Theatre, Cambridge, MA, Harvard Jazz Ensemble Available From Composer
Three Faces of Eve for Solo Trumpet, Tenor Sax and Big Band (1960; rev. 1990) -- 4' Tpt. solo; 5-4-4; Vibes, Pno., Cb., Drums Premiere Information: May 7, 1990, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Enaemble I, Richard Lowenthal, director, Alice Tully Hall Available From Composer
Rivals, The Songs and incidental music for the play by Sheridan (1997) -- 46' Fl., Cl., Vln., Bsn., Cb., Hpschd. Available from the Presser Rental Library Premiere Information: March 21, 1997, Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR Additional Information: Lyrics by Louisa Rose. Also available for concert performances: Suite from “The Rivals”
American Birthday Card for Narrator and Orchestra (1976) -- 7' Narrator; 3-2-3-2; 4-3-3-1; Timp., 3Perc., Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Premiere Information: Sen. Thomas Eagleton, narrator, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO; July 17, 1976
Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns) (1886) -- 25' Additional Information: Original Schickele poems/narration for Carnival of the Animals.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Full Score - Large (#166-00062F) Set of parts (#166-00062P)
Chenoo Who Stayed to Dinner, The Legend for Narrator and Orchestra (1977) -- 24' Narrator; 2 2 2 2 - 3 2 2 1; 2Perc. Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Additional Information: Instrumental Version, titled "Legend," also available.
Full Score - Large (#466-00037)
Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (1999) -- 23' Solo Bassoon; 2(Picc.) 2 2 1 - 2 2 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH Premiere Information: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Timothy Russell, conductor, George Sakakeeny, bassoon, March 7, 1999
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra In Memoriam F.D.R. (2000) -- 22' Solo Cello; 2(Picc.) 2 2(B.Cl.) 2 - 2 3 0 0; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by the New Heritage Foundation for Paul Tobias Premiere Information: November 11, 2000, Pasadena (CA) Symphony, Jorge Mester, conductor, Paul Tobias, cello
Concerto for Chamber Orchestra (1998) -- 26' 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; 2Perc. (2nd d.Timp) Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by the OK Mozart Festival Premiere Information: Ransom Wilson with OK Mozart Festival Orchestra, June 13, 1998, Bartlesville, OK
Movements: • Fanfares & Entrances • Finale • Pastorale • Scherzo/Minuet • South by Southwest
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2003) -- 20' Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus Premiere Information: Jan. 11, 2004, Columbus, OH, with Timothy Russell conducting the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and Robert Spring, clarinet • Recordings • Reviews
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1990) -- 18' Solo Flute; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 1 0; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by Carol Wincenc Premiere Information: June 7, 1991, Seattle, WA, Carol Wincenc, flute, and Christopher Kendall conducting the Seattle Symphony
Solo Part (#466-00041P)
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (1994) Solo Oboe; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by Pamela Pecha Premiere Information: July 21, 1995, Duncan, OK, with Pamela Pecha, oboe, and Mark Edward Parker conducting the American Music Festival Orchestra • Recordings
Solo Part (#164-00247) Full Score - Large (#466-00033)
Fantastic Garden, The for Rock Group and Orchestra (1968) -- 25' Rock Group; Elec.Pno., Elec.Org., Elec.Hpschd.; 3 Players/Singers; 3 3 2 2 - 4 4 4 1; Timp. 4Perc. Cel. Hp. Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Additional Information: Movement from "Three Views from the Open Window" • Recordings
Far Away from Here Music for Bluegrass Band and Orchestra (1984) -- 21' 3(3rd Picc.)-2-2-2; 2-3-2(3rd Ten/Bass)-0; 3Perc.; Bluegrass Band; Banjo/Vln./Mndln./Gtr., Mndln., 3Gtr., Cb., Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by the McLain Family Band Premiere Information: December 15, 1985, McLain Family Band and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Peter Schickele, conductor
Folk Song Set for Chamber Orchestra (2002) -- 8' 30" 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Perc. Hp. Str. Commission Information: Commissioned by the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra Premiere Information: May 4, 2002, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Peter Schickele, conductor Available From Composer
Movements: • I. Henry Martin • II. Molly and Tenbrooks • III. Turtle Dove • IV. Darlin' Corey • V. Ruby • VI. Go tell Aunt Rhody • VII. Old Joe Clark/Old Dan Tucker
Invention for Orchestra (1958) -- 9' 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1; Perc. Pno. Str. Available From Free Library of Philadelphia, The Fleisher Collection
Movements: • I. Broadway Boogie • II. Blues on a Summer Day • III. Stompin’ in Five
Legend for Orchestra (1992) -- 20' 2 2 2 2 - 3 2 2 1; 2Perc. Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Additional Information: Instrumental Version of "The Chenoo Who Stayed to Dinner" (also available).
Morning, Noon and Night Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Orchestra (2001) -- 22' Solo Oboe, Solo Violin; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 3 0; Timp. 4Perc. Cel. Hp. Pno. Str. Commission Information: Commissioned by the Brevard Festival Premiere Information: Joseph Robinson, Glenn Dichterow, Brevard Festival Orchestra, David Effron, conductor; July 4, 2001; Brevard, NC Available From Composer
Movements: • I. Aubade • II. Siesta • III. Shivaree
One for the Money for Large Orchestra (1999) -- 4' 30" 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3 - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: The Juilliard School Premiere Information: Inauguration of The Campaign for Juilliard, April 28, 1999
Zoo Called Earth, A for Pre-taped Narration and Orchestra (1970) -- 14' Taped Narration; 2-2-2-2; 4-3-3-1; 4Perc., Cel., Str. Available from the Presser Rental Library Commission Information: Commissioned by St. Louis Symphony • Recordings
Fantasy for Organ (1990) -- 9' Published: #163-00042 Commission Information: Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists Premiere Information: June 28, 1990, Thomas Murray in Boston, MA (Basilica of Our lady of Perpetual Help)
Chapbook for Piano, 6 Hands (1994) -- 8' Published: #460-00096 Commission Information: First movement commissioned by WNYC, New York City Premiere Information: Premiere of first movement: June 13, 1994, Alice Tully Hall, with Ruth Laredo and the Contigulias
Premiere of complete work: Aug. 26, 1994, Rhinebeck, NY, with Joan Tower, Justin Kolb and Peter Schickele
Movements: • I. No Longer Very Clear (John Ashbury) • II. Dancers in the Living Room (Susan Sindall) • III. A Coney Island of the Mind (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)
Swing Sweet, Low Chariot (1997) -- 5' 30" 1 or 3 Countertenors (opt.); 2Fl., Ob., E.H., 2Cl. in B-flat, 2Bsn., 2Hn. in F, 2Tpt. in B-flat, Tbn., Tu., 2Perc., Str. Premiere Information: December 27, 1997, Carnegie Hall, Drew Minter, Johnny Maldonado, David Sabella, countertenors; New York Pick-Up Ensemble, Peter Schickele, conductor Available From Composer
Duo Caprice for Two Violins (1993) -- 9' Published: #164-00238 Premiere Information: Feb. 21, 1994, Barry Socher and Steve Scharf, Shatto Chapel, Los Angeles
Fili mi Absalon (Schütz, arr. Schickele) for 2 Violins, Viola, and 4 Cellos (1995) -- 5' Available From Composer
Four Sketches for String Quartet (1955-1993) -- 9' Premiere Information: Feb. 14, 1996, Armadillo String Quartet, Pasadena, CA Available From Composer
Movements: • I. Pastorale (on a plane over the Atlantic, September 16, 1955) • II. Winter Piece (New York City, January 23, 1967) • III. Dance (Tempe, Arizona, March 31, 1980) • IV. Thanksgiving Hymn (Storm Lake, Iowa, November 14, 1993)
Little London Trio for Two Violins and Viola (1985) -- 8' Published: #164-00186 Premiere Information: May 18, 1988, Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY, Joel Pitchon, Ronnie Bauch, Olivia Koppell.
Vermillion Suite for Solo Cello (1987) -- 12' Published: #164-00187 Commission Information: Commissioned by Bjorn Berkhout Premiere Information: May 18, 1988, Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY, Peter Rosenfeld, cello
Movements: • I. Prelude • II. Blues • III. Pastorale • IV. Riff • V. Song and Dance
Movements: • Are You A Woman's Group? • How Did You Become A Trio? • How Did You Get Your Name? • How Do You Decide What To Wear At Concerts? • How Do You Move the Harp? • Is There Any Music For Your Combination? • Who Makes you Arrangements?
Beatleset (Lennon/McCartney) (2000) -- 18' Soprano solo; Cl., Bsn., Hn., Cel., Pno., 2Vln., 2Vla., 4Vcl., Cb. Premiere Information: March 27, 2000, Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles; performers: Michèle Eaton, soprano; Armadillo Quartet & Friends Available From Composer
Movements: • I'll Be Back • I'm Only Sleeping • Not A Second Time • The Word • When I Get Home • Yes It Is/This Boy
DCB for Baritone, Flute, and Piano (1996) -- 2' Premiere Information: Feb. 14, 1996, Merkin Hall, NYC, with Carol Wincenc, Doug Webster, Stephen Gosling Available From Carl Fischer
Flow of Memory, The for Mezzo-soprano, Flute, Bass Clarinet and Piano (1963) -- 7' Additional Information: Published: #161-00081
#161-00081M (set of parts
If Love Is Real for Two Voices and Small Orchestra (1991; orch. arr. 1993) -- 3' 15" Available from the Presser Rental Library Premiere Information: June 6, 1993, Carnegie Hall Additional Information: Text by Peter Schickele.
Suite from "The Rivals" for Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Bassoon, Contrabass and Harpsichord (1997) Premiere Information: July 24, 1997, Theodora Hanslowe and William Sharp, Chamber Music Northwest, Portland, OR Available From Composer
"Schickele drops his P.D.Q. Bach mask here and offers a melodically and harmonically simple, and hauntingly beautiful cantata."
-William Ratliff, Los Angeles Times
"A thoroughly delightful work, lyrical, evocative, absolutely enchanting. Schickele has chosen to work within a fairly strict framework of melody and rhythm, giving us a chamber piece that is full of spark, life, warmth and gentle humor. Schickele's writing, particularly for the flute, is rich but controlled, and his setting of the poems that make up the Cantata is a model of taste and invention."
"The music is cast in three clearly delineated sections, the outer ones imbued with a winning amalgam of Eastern melodic patterns seasoned with several well-placed funky jazz inflections. The oddness… of the three and five bar phrases served to further heighten the aura of a surging, tambourine-powered hora."
"…carves out a musical geography of America, much like Aaron Copland did… [the concerto] has immediate appeal and staying power… The writing is agile and beautifully proportioned with lots of solos for individuals as well as whole sections… It is familiar but new. It never sounds forced, faked or condescending. It’s a winner."
"At his frequent best, Mr. Schickele can lay claim to a leading role in the ever-more-prominent school of composers who unselfconsciously blend all levels of American music, from folk to jazz to pop to various kinds of serious."
-The New York Times
"full of sly writing and sly humour…both witty and substantive at the same time."