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

  • 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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