Peter Schickele

  • 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

  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    3 Folk Settings 160-00143 Piano Unaccompanied
    For Organ
    163-00043 4:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    Ceremonial March
    For Piano and Organ
    160-00217 2:00 Piano with Instrument
    For Piano
    160-00202 9:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    For Organ
    163-00042 9:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    Four Pieces for Piano 160-00222 2:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    A Garland Of Rags
    For Piano
    160-00223 7:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Hollers, Hymns and Dirges
    Eight Folk Settings for Piano
    160-00213 12:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    The Household Moose
    Sketches From The Summer Of 1956, for Piano
    160-00185 Piano Unaccompanied
    In My 9 Lives 460-00054 Piano Unaccompanied
    Little Suite for Josie
    For Piano
    160-00200 4:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Little Suite for Susan
    For Piano
    460-00072 7:30 Piano Unaccompanied
    Presents 1
    For Piano
    160-00184 Piano Unaccompanied
    Presents II 160-00220 Piano Unaccompanied
    Razzle-Dazzle Triptych for Piano 160-00198 3:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Small Serenade
    For Piano
    160-00199 4:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Three Piano Sonatinas 460-00065 Piano Unaccompanied
    Two Miniatures
    For Piano, Left Hand
    160-00216 3:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    Variations On A Medieval Theme
    For Organ
    163-00044 4:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    Vermillion Suite
    For Unaccompained Cello
    164-00187 12:00
    Chamber Ensemble
    A Little Welcome Serenade
    For Flute and Violin
    164-00126 6:00
    A Small World
    For Two Flutes
    164-00226 4:30 Flute Duet
    A Year In The Catskills
    For Woodwind Quintet
    164-00279 21:30 Woodwind Quintet
    Autumn Trio
    For Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano
    164-00278 14:00 Piano Trio
    Blue Set No. 1 164-00250 16:00 String Quartet
    Blue Set No. 2
    For Four Bassoons
    164-00231 12:00 Bassoon Ensemble
    Brass Calendar
    For Brass Quintet
    164-00237 18:00 Brass Quintet
    Broadway Boogie 14658 5:00 Fl. Cl. Pno. Hp. Str.
    Chapbook 460-00096 8:00 Piano Ensemble
    Commedia 164-00150 Woodwind Trio
    Dances for Three
    For 2 B-Flat Clarinets and Bassoon
    164-00172 14:00 Woodwind Trio
    Delta Jukebox 164-00268 Bassoon Duet
    For Oboe, B-Flat Clarinet and Bassoon
    164-00152 9:00 Woodwind Trio
    For 2 B-Flat Clarinets and Bassoon
    164-00235 9:00 Woodwind Trio
    Dream Dances
    For Flute, Oboe, and Cello
    164-00206 12:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Duo Caprice
    For Two Violins
    164-00238 8:30 Violin Duet
    Eagle Rock
    Sonatina for Cello and Piano
    164-00243 4:30
    For Clarinet and Piano
    164-00128 10:00 Clarinet with Piano
    Emperor’s New Clothes 164-00262 Narrator, Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
    Harvard Fair 165-00094
    A Horse Opera for Brass Quintet and Narration (Score and Parts)
    164-00175 22:00 Brass Quintet
    Iphigenia In Brooklyn
    Cantata for Bargain-Counter-Tenor, Trumpet Mouthpiece, Double Reeds, Wine Bottle, Harpsichord, and String Quartet(arr.)
    Joy To The World, Especially Out Of Work Musicians
    Suite for Six Gig-Impaired Musicians(arr.)
    164-00274 6:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Last Tango In Bayreuth
    For Four Bassoons
    164-00214 2:45 Bassoon Ensemble
    Little London Trio
    For Two Violins and Viola
    164-00186 8:00 String Trio
    Little Mushrooms
    Suite for Piano, Four Hands, Celebrating The 200th Anniversary Of Schubert’s Birth
    160-00218 14:00 Piano 4 Hands
    Little Suite for Autumn
    For Violin and Viola
    464-00047 7:30 String Duet
    Little Suite for Summer
    Seven Pieces for One Piano, Four Hands
    160-00193 6:30 Piano 4 Hands
    Little Suite for Winter
    For B-Flat Clarinet and Tuba
    164-00183 11:00 Mixed Duet
    Monochrome I
    For Eight Flutes
    Monochrome II
    For Seven Trombones
    164-00099 Trombone Ensemble
    Monochrome III
    For Nine B-Flat Clarinets
    164-00120 9:00
    Monochrome IV 164-00220
    Monochrome V
    For Eight Flutes
    164-00173 8:30
    Monochrome VI
    for 10 Pianos
    14672 7:00 10Pno.
    Morning Music
    For Piano, Four Hands
    460-00097 11:00 2 Pianos 4 Hands
    Mountain Music I
    For Cello and Piano
    164-00203 10:00
    Music for An Evening
    For String Quartet and Piano, Four Hands – Full Score and Parts
    164-00189 15:00 Mixed Ensemble
    Music for Judy
    For Trumpet and String Quartet
    164-00280 17:00 String Quartet
    Music for Mary
    For Flute and Piano
    Music for Orcas Island
    For Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano
    164-00276 13:00 Piano Quartet
    Nellermojo 164-00216
    New Goldberg Variations
    For Cello and Piano
    164-00252 6:30
    Octet 16902 19:00 Cl. Bsn. Hn. 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb.
    Passacaglia In C Minus
    Quodlibet for String Quartet
    164-00271 7:30 String Quartet
    Percussion Sonata No. 1
    14675 13:00 12 Percussion
    Percussion Sonata No. 2 “Woodstock”
    For Five Percussionists
    164-00263 13:00 Percussion Ensemble
    Percussion Sonata No. 3 “Maverick”
    For Percussion Quartet
    164-00294 :13:00 Percussion Ensemble
    Piano Concerto No.2 In F Major
    Ole: for Piano and Brass Quintet
    460-00070 8:00 Piano with Instrument
    Piano Trio “Alaria”
    For Violin, Cello, and Piano
    164-00282 17:00 Piano Trio
    From Hornsmoke:for Brass Quintet
    164-00138 1:30
    For Clarinet (In A), Violin, Violoncello, and Piano
    164-00163 20:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Queen Anne’s Lace
    Suite for Four Cellos
    164-00242 10:00 Cello Quartet
    Quintet No. 1
    For Piano and String Quartet
    164-00269 Piano Quintet
    Quintet No. 2
    For Piano and String Quartet – Score and Parts
    164-00251 26:00 Piano Quintet
    River Music
    For Viola and Cello
    164-00227 String Duet
    River Run
    For Contrabass and Harpsichord
    164-00236 6:00
    Serenade for Six 164-00197 15:00
    Serenade for Three
    For Bb Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
    164-00228 13:00 Mixed Ensemble
    Seven Bagatelles
    For Woodwind Quartet
    464-00020 Woodwind Quartet
    Six Studies
    For Clarinet and Bassoon
    164-00281 9:00 Woodwind Duet
    Sonata for Viola Four Hands and Harpsichord 114-40166 Viola with Piano
    Spring Serenade
    For Flute and Piano
    164-00176 20:00
    Stepping Out
    For Contrabass and Piano
    164-00277 11:00 Contrabass with Piano
    String Quartet No. 1
    American Dreams
    164-00181 String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 2 164-00182 String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 3 164-00195 String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 4 164-00224 String Quartet
    String Quintet No. 1 164-00286 22:00 String Quintet
    String Sextet 14683 26:00 2Vln. 2Vla. 2Vcl.
    Summer Serenade
    For Bassoon and Piano
    164-00205 13:00 Bassoon with Piano
    Summer Trio
    For Flute, Cello and Piano
    164-00147 11:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Take Me Back To Funk, Nebraska 165-00095
    The Boston Wonder
    Suite for Narrator, Flute, and Piano
    164-00193 Flute with Piano
    The Civilian Barber
    Overture for 1 Piano, Four Hands
    160-00167 Piano 4 Hands
    The Flow Of Memory
    For Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
    161-00081 7:00 Chamber Ensemble
    The Lowest Trees Have Tops
    Cantata for Soprano, Flute, Viola and Harp On Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Poems
    164-00144 24:00 Chamber Ensemble
    The Rivals
    Songs and incidental music for the play by Sheridan.
    16589 46:00 Fl. Cl. Vln. Bsn. Cb. Hpscd.
    Three Scenes for Five Instruments 164-00211
    Three Uncharacteristic Pieces
    For B-Flat Trumpet and Piano
    164-00184 10:00 Trumpet with Piano
    Tombeau De P.D.Q. Bach
    Sonata for Violin and Piano
    164-00007 Violin with Piano
    Top O’ The Millennium
    For Two Violas
    164-00287 10:00 String Duet
    Trio Serenade
    For Two Flutes and Piano
    164-00190 13:00 Flute Duet with Piano
    Two Pleasant Songs
    For Flute( Or Soprano Vocalise) and Piano
    164-00194 3:00
    Two Songs On Elizabethan Lyrics
    For Voice and Piano
    161-00079 5:00
    Valentines O5430 Flute, Piano
    Viola Dreams
    Quodlibet for String Quartet
    164-00245 4:15 String Quartet
    What Did You Do Today At Jeffey’s House?
    Three Pieces for French Horn and Piano
    164-00204 5:00 Horn with Piano
    For Viola (Or Flute Or Clarinet) and Guitar
    164-00188 5:00 Viola and Guitar
    Choral / Vocal
    1. Richard At Vezelay (From “”””Two Meditations””””)
    For Ttb, A Cappella
    362-03302 2:00 Men’s Chorus
    1. Who Is This Child?
    (From “”Diptych””) for S.A.B., With Piano and Optional Percussion (Finger Cymbals, Vibraphone)
    362-03221 4:00 Mixed Chorus
    2. Gloria From “Diptych” (A Set Of Two Sacred Choral Works for Christmas)
    For SAB, With Piano and Optional Percussion (Xylophone, Bells, Timpani)
    362-03222 4:00 SAB
    2. Take A Strain, Boys
    (From “”Three Pirate Songs””)
    362-03297 3:30 Men’s Chorus
    After Spring Sunset
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella On Japanese Poems
    362-03412 11:00 Mixed Chorus
    Amazing Grace
    S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    362-03402 5:00 Mixed Chorus
    The Birth Of Christ
    Mixed Chorus and Piano
    462-00016 SATB
    Captain Fate
    1. Captain Fate
    362-03296 3:00 Men’s Chorus
    Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    I. Prologue (August)
    362-03382 3:00 SATB with Piano
    Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    II. Fall (September, October, November)
    362-03383 6:30 SATB with Piano
    Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    III. Winter (December, January, February)
    362-03384 5:00 SATB with Piano
    Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    IV. Spring (March, April, May)
    362-03385 6:30 SATB with Piano
    Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    V. Summer (June, July)
    362-03386 7:00 SATB with Piano
    Go for Broke
    A Comedy for Chorus, Ssatb, A Cappella
    462-00031 21:00 Mixed Chorus
    Good King Kong Looked Out
    From A Consort Of Choral Christmas Carols(arr.)
    312-41182 2:30 Mixed Chorus
    Guide My Soul
    Sa.T.B and Organ
    362-03392 4:30
    Happy Birthday, Beth
    For Two-Part Chorus (Male Or Female), A Cappella
    362-03401 1:30 Mixed Chorus
    If You Will Try It 362-03422 1:15
    Jonah’s Song
    362-03303 2:00 Men’s Chorus
    The Last Supper
    For Women’s Chorus (S.S.A.)
    362-03110 Women’s Chorus
    Mass for Men’s Voices
    B.B.B., A Cappella
    362-03397 10:00 Men’s Chorus
    My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
    for Mixed Chorus, Piano and Strings
    17433 4:30 SATB Chorus; Pno. Str.
    My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord 362-03418 4:30 SATB
    Two-, Three- and Four-Part Rounds From Twenty Years Of Catching
    362-03191 Vocal Ensemble
    Name Songs
    S.A.B. Chorus Or Solo Voices
    362-03391 6:00 Mixed Chorus
    Roundup At The Raunch
    2-, 3-, & 4-Part Rounds They Wouldn’T Publish
    362-03400 Vocal Ensemble
    Silently, Invisibly 392-00327
    Songs From Shakespeare
    For Voice and Piano
    161-00080 5:00 Voice with Piano
    II. Songs On Old French Poems, From “Summer Music”
    For SAB Chorus Or Solo Voices, and Soprano Recorder Or Piccolo Or Flute
    362-03390 5:00 Mixed Chorus
    Things To Try On A Summer Day 392-00330
    Three Choruses From E.E. Cummings 362-03420
    Three Meditations
    For Women’s Chorus, A Cappella
    362-03293 SSAA
    Three Songs for A Wedding
    For Medium Voice and Piano
    161-00071 7:30
    I. Triptych
    S.A.B. Chorus Or Solo Voices
    362-03389 6:00 Mixed Chorus
    Two Prayers
    362-01163 4:00 SATB
    We Have Crossed The Equator Again
    T.T.B.B., With Piano
    362-03298 5:00 Men’s Chorus
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    A Little Mosey Music
    Rag for Brass Sextet
    164-00191 Brass Ensemble
    Bachanale 164-00217
    Finish Line At The Rat Race
    March for Small Brass Band
    Grand Serenade for An Awful Lot Of Winds and Percu(arr.) 115-40138P
    Little Suite for Summer 165-00087 Concert Band
    March Of The Cute Little Wood Sprites(arr.) 115-40184P
    Metropolitan Wind Serenade
    for Symphonic Band
    14671 12:30
    Pavilion Piece 165-00055
    Six Contrary Dances(arr.) 115-40161C 12:00
    The Tribe Of Ahasuerus
    March and Prayer (Full Score and Parts)
    165-00085 7:00 Concert Band
    Variations On A Joke
    For Brass Quintet
    164-00225 4:30 Brass Quintet
    A Zoo Called Earth
    for Pre-taped Narration and Orchestra
    14690 17:00 2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; 4Perc. Cel. Str.; Tape
    American Birthday Card
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    14657 8:00 3 2 3 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Carnival of the Animals
    Original Poems/Narration for Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”
    21770 25:00 Narration
    Celebration With Bells 166-00062 7:00 Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe 1, Oboe 2, Clarinet 1 in Bb, Clarinet 2 in Bb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2, Alto Saxophone in Eb, Tenor Saxophone in Bb, Trumpet 1 in Bb, Trumpet 2 in Bb, Trumpet 3 in Bb, Horn 1 in F, Horn 2 in F, Horn 3 in F, Horn 4 in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Trombone 3, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (Triangle, Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Gong), Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass
    Civilian Barber Overture 166-00050F
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    In Memoriam F.D.R.
    10099 22:00 Solo Vcl.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 3 0 0; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    Double Diptych 164-00273 9:00
    for String Orchestra
    14665 8:00 Str.
    Folk Song Set
    for Chamber Orchestra
    21694 9:30 2(2 dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; 1Perc. Hp. Str.
    Instrumental Version of “The Chenoo Who Stayed To Dinner”
    14669 22:00 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 2 1; 2Perc. Str.
    Little Fugue BWV 899(arr.) 16968 1:00 Hns. Tpts. Tbns. Tba.; Str.
    One for the Money 11339 4:30 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    Quodlibet 14697 10:00 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Str.
    for String Orchestra
    14676 5:00 Str.
    Requiem for Strings 466-00049
    Scenes from Breughel
    for Renaissance Ensemble and Orchestra
    14678 20:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str. Renaissance Ensemble (4 Players)
    Serenade 14679 11:00 2 2 3 2 – 4 3 3 0; Perc. Str.
    Serenade for 11 Instruments 14680 21:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Hn. Bsn. 2Vln. Vcl. Cb. Pno.
    Sneaky Pete and the Wolf
    (Narration for Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”)
    14681 26:00
    Songs from Shakespeare 14682 6:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Symphony No. 1
    10012 27:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(E-fl Cl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Pno. Cel. Hp. Str.
    Symphony No. 2
    “The Sweet Season”
    12474 22:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp./Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. (min:
    The Chenoo Who Stayed to Dinner
    Legend for Narrator and Orchestra (See also Legend)
    14659 22:00 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 2 1; 2Perc. Str.
    The Civilian Barber
    Overture for Chamber Orchestra
    166-00050 2:45 Chamber Orchestra
    The View from the Roof
    for 3 Orchestras
    14688 18:00 Orch. I: 2Fl. Str.(Vln.I, Vln.II, Vcl.) Orch. II: 2 1 1 1 – 1 1 0 0; Perc. Str. Orch. III: 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Three Girls, Three Women 14685 22:00 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 1 1; Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    Three Strange Cases
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    14686 6:00 1 1 1 1 – 0 0 0 0; 2Perc. Str.
    Thurber’s Dogs 466-00045
    Thurber’s Dogs 14687 20:00 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Uptown Hoedown 466-00046
    Uptown Hoedown 14698 4:30::00 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 3(3 Optional) 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str. May be performed with double winds.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra 10448 23:00 Solo Bassoon; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 1 – 2 2 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
    Concerto for Chamber Orchestra 14660 27:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; 2Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra 16949
    Concerto for Flute and Orchestra 14661 18:00 Solo Fl.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra 14662 24:00 Solo Ob.; 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    The Fantastic Garden
    for Rock Group and Orchestra
    14666 25:00 Rock Group: El.Pno. Pno. El.Org. El.Hpsd., 3 Players/Singers Orch.: 3 3 3 2 – 4 4 4 1; Timp. 4Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    Far Away from Here
    Music for Bluegrass Band and Orchestra
    14667 21:00 3(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; 3Perc. Str. Bluegrass Band (6 Players): Banjo/Vln./Mand./Gtr. Mand. 3Gtr. Cb.
    Five of a Kind
    Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra
    14668 25:00 Hn. 2Tpt. Tbn. Tu. Soli; 2 2 2 2 – 4 2 2 0; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    If Love Is Real
    for Two Voices and Small Orchestra
    10079 3:15 2 Vx.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Perc.(Bells) Pno. Str.
    The Maiden on the Moor
    for Counter-Tenor or Contralto and Chamber Orchestra
    14670 8:00 Ob. 2Hn. Finger Cym. Str.
    5 Songs for Horn and Orchestra
    14673 25:00 Solo Hn.; 3 2 3 2 – 4 2 2 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Cel. Str.
    Requiem Mantras
    for Rock Group and Orchestra
    14677 15:00 Rock Group; 3 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; 3Perc. Pno. Cel. Str.
    What Did You Do Today at Jeffey’s House? 14689 5:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Str.

  • …[Schickele’s] music has wit and charm and above all a generosity of spirit that is rare these days.
    –Michael Anthony, Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Schickele the comedian pokes fun at classical music, its conventions and pretensions. Schickele the composer has fun with classical music, using its forms to frame a style that draws liberally from folk and popular idioms, and often to spring surprises and to concoct sophisticated musical jokes. He’s America’s Haydn.
    –Clark Bustard,

    …expertly written… Too little music of this type is written: beautifully crafted, and witty without being superficial.
    –BBC Music Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 2

    …it’s a stunning work… This type of enlightened, inspired music stands a chance of surviving.
    –Telegram (Worcester, MA

    Mr. Schickele’s handling of his task was sensitive and agile… Miss Hiatt led her singers skillfully through the kaleidoscope of sound-colors, to the composer’s, performers’, and audience’s delight.
    –The Christian Science Monitor

    The bassoon … here becomes the lead singer, with a surprisingly smooth and melodic, and perhaps even more surprisingly high-register, voice. … supported [by] animated, cheerful orchestration…
    –Clark Bustard,

    …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
    –Chris Pasles, Los Angeles Times

    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.
    –Barbara Zuck, The Columbus Dispatch

    What was really impressive, however, was a composition called Elegies. It is in three gorgeous movements that are alternately rich and plaintive.
    –Syracuse Post-Standard

    …a very attractive… song-march piece, beautifully scored.
    –School Music News

    It’s highly entertaining music, written with considerable variety, imagination, and, as usual with Schickele, intriguing development.
    –Leslie Gerber, The Boston Music Intelligencer

    They make a superb short recital group, and are a marvelous introduction to this style… of writing.

    Schickele’s trademark humor was present throughout in works … in which famous Shakespearian texts are given hilarious contemporary settings.
    –Maine Sunday Telegram

    … a hilarious selection of famous Shakespeare soliloquies set to pop refrains, turning those profound words upside down.
    –Cleveland Plain Dealer

    …grafts popular styles from swing to fiddle hoedown onto the chamber music tradition. The hybrid felt unforced and convincing…
    –Russell Johnston, Nashville Scene

    …an extremely well-crafted work, in five movements of varied but consistently interesting natures. The central movement, with its unabashed jazz flavor, is full of humor and sparkle.
    –The Washington Post

    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.
    –Jurgen Goethe, CHQM Radio (Vancouver, Canada)

    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.
    –The New Haven Register

  • 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 (41758); May 1, 2014
    Performer(s): Laura Leon, piano; Blair McMillen, piano
    Work(s): Epitaphs
    Hollers, Hymns and Dirges
    Little Suite for Susan
    Morning Music for Piano, Four Hands
    Second Sonatina
    Small Serenade
    The Civilian Barber Overture for One Piano, Four Hands
    Sue Ann Kahn plays Schickele, Rochberg, Luening and Riegger SUE ANN KAHN PLAYS SCHICKELE, ROCHBERG, LUENING AND RIEGGER
    CRI/New World Records (SD 531); July 1, 2011
    Performer(s): Sue Ann Kahn, flute, Andrew Willis, piano
    Work(s): Spring Serenade for Flute and Piano
    Peter Schickele PETER SCHICKELE
    Soundmark (LS-691); March 4, 2011
    Performer(s): Louisville Orchestra, Jorge Mester, conductor
    Work(s): The Fantastic Garden Inn for Rock Group and Orchestra
    The American Chamber Ensemble Plays Peter Schickele THE AMERICAN CHAMBER ENSEMBLE PLAYS PETER SCHICKELE
    Elysium Recordings (GRK 725); March 29, 2005
    Performer(s): The American Chamber Ensemble
    Work(s): Monochrome III for Nine Clarinets
    Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
    Serenade for Three for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
    American Originals  AMERICAN ORIGINALS 
    Summit Records (DCD1023); January 4, 2005
    Performer(s): Robert Spring, Clarinet; ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Timothy Russell, conductor
    Work(s): Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
    Drumtalker DRUMTALKER
    Nexus Records (10713); March 30, 2004
    Performer(s): Nexus Percussion Ensemble
    Work(s): Percussion Sonata No. 2 “Woodstock” for Four Wind Chimes and Assorted Percussion Instruments (5 players)
    The Emperor's New Clothes THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
    Newport Classic (NPD85668); October 14, 2003
    Performer(s): An die Musik, Peter Schickele narrating
    Work(s): Emperor’s New Clothes
    On A Lark ON A LARK
    Arabesque Records (Z6719); October 20, 1998
    Performer(s): The Lark Quartet
    Work(s): Quintet No. 2 for Piano and String Quartet
    String Quartet No. 2 “In Memoriam”
    String Sextet
    Concertos for Brass Quintet & Orchestra CONCERTOS FOR BRASS QUINTET & ORCHESTRA
    Koch International Classics (); June 19, 1997
    Performer(s): Budapest Brass Quintet; Orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk
    Work(s): Five of a Kind Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra
    The Verdehr Trio: Making of a Medium, Vol. 5 THE VERDEHR TRIO: MAKING OF A MEDIUM, VOL. 5
    Crystal Records (CD 745); May 13, 1997
    Performer(s): Verdehr Trio
    Work(s): Serenade for Three for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
    Fagotissimo FAGOTISSIMO
    MD&G (3379); January 1, 1997
    Performer(s): Gürzenich Fagottquintett
    Work(s): Last Tango in Bayreuth for Bassoon Quartet
    Works for Oboe WORKS FOR OBOE
    Carlton/Fanrare (CD-30366); January 1, 1997
    Performer(s): Pamela Pecha, oboe; Czech National Symphony, Paul Freeman, conductor
    Work(s): Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra
    Thurber's Dogs THURBER’S DOGS
    D’note Records (DND 1010); July 16, 1996
    Performer(s): ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Timothy Russell, conductor
    Work(s): Thurber’s Dogs Suite for Orchestra
    United Sounds of Bassoon UNITED SOUNDS OF BASSOON
    Koch International Classics (3-1374-2); November 28, 1994
    Performer(s): United Sounds of Bassoon
    Work(s): Last Tango in Bayreuth for Bassoon Quartet
    Trio Indiana TRIO INDIANA
    Crystal Records (CD 734); July 5, 1994
    Performer(s): Trio Indiana
    Work(s): Dances for Three for Two Clarinets and Bassoon
    Sneaky Pete and the Wolf & Carnival of the Animals SNEAKY PETE AND THE WOLF & CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
    Telarc International (CD 80350); September 28, 1993
    Performer(s): Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yoel Levi
    Work(s): Sneaky Pete and the Wolf (Prokofiev)
    American Archives Series AMERICAN ARCHIVES SERIES
    Albany Records (TROY024); February 16, 1993
    Performer(s): Louisville Orchestra, Jorge Mester, conductor, Kenneth Albrecht, French horn
    Work(s): Pentangle Five Songs for Horn and Orchestra
    Music for an Awful Lot Of Winds And Percussion MUSIC FOR AN AWFUL LOT OF WINDS AND PERCUSSION
    Telarc International (CD 80307); September 1, 1992
    Performer(s): Tennessee Bassoon Quartet
    Work(s): Last Tango in Bayreuth for Bassoon Quartet
    Peter and the Wolf, Gerald McBoing Boing, A Zoo Called Earth PETER AND THE WOLF, GERALD MCBOING BOING, A ZOO CALLED EARTH
    MusicMasters (CS 67067-4); January 1, 1991
    Performer(s): Little Orchestra Society, Dino Anagnost, conductor, Peter Schickele, narrator
    Work(s): A Zoo Called Earth, for Pre-taped Narration and Orchestra
    The Audubon Quartet THE AUDUBON QUARTET
    RCA Victor Records (CD 7719-2-RC); June 5, 1989
    Performer(s): The Audubon Quartet
    Work(s): String Quartet No. 1 “American Dreams”
    Music of Peter Schickele MUSIC OF PETER SCHICKELE
    Vanguard Records (VSD 71269)
    Work(s): Elegies for Clarinet and Piano
    Summer Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano

  • 2000: Grammy Award (“Hornsmoke”)
    1996: Aspen Percussion Ensemble commission
    1996: Bassoon Brothers commission
    1996: National Symphony commission
    1995: Judith Goldberg commission (“New Goldberg Variations”)
    1995: Metropolitan Wind Symphony commission
    1995: Princeton Pro Musica commission
    1994: Pamela Pecha commission (“Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra”)
    1994: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus commission
    1994: WNYC Radio commission
    1993: ASCAP Deems Taylor Award
    1993: Chestnut Brass Company commission
    1993: Greene String Quartet commission
    1993: Walt Disney Pictures commission
    1992: Grammy (Best Comedy Album)
    1992: Verdehr Trio commission
    1991: Baltimore Choral Arts Society commission
    1991: Canadian Brass commission
    1991: Grammy (Best Comedy Album)
    1991: Tennessee Bassoon Quartet commission
    1990: American Guild of Organists commission
    1990: Carol Wincenc commission (“Concerto for Flute and Orchestra”)
    1990: Grammy (Best Comedy Album)
    1989: Grammy (Best Comedy Album)
    1989: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center commission
    1989: Independent School Orchestras commission
    1989: Minnesota Orchestral Society commission
    1988: Plymouth Music Series commission
    1988: Swarthmore College commission
    1987: Lark Quartet commission
    1985: Boston Pops commission
    1984: Canadian Brass commission
    1983: Spokane Falls Brass Band commission
    1982: Calliope commission
    1978: Canadian Brass commission
    1977: CKOC TV, Hamilton, Ontario commission
    1977: University of New Hampshire Wind Ensemble commission
    1976: St. Louis Symphony commission
    1975: Canadian Brass commission
    1975: Harvard University Concert Band commission
    1975: Yale University Concert Band commission
    1974: Pilobolus Dance Theatre commission
    1972: American Book Company commission
    1972: Metamorphosis commission
    1972: St. Louis Symphony commission
    1970: St. Louis Symphony commission
    1968: Louisville Symphony Orchestra commission
    1966: Juilliard Repertory Project commission
    1965: Philadelphia Art Alliance commission
    1964: Elizabeth Tow Newman Contemporary Music Award
    1964: Juilliard Dance Theatre commission

  • American Birthday Card
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    for Two Tenor Saxophones, Two Trumpets, Piano, Bass, and Drums
    Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra
    Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra
    Finish Line at the Rat Race
    March for Small Brass Band
    Joy to the World, especially out-of-work musicians
    Suite for Six Gig-Impaired Musicians
    Monochrome III
    for Nine Clarinets
    My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
    for Mixed Chorus, Piano and Strings
    for Three Saxophones, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass, and Drums
    Five Songs for Horn and Orchestra
    for String Orchestra
    Take Me Back to Funk, Nebraska
    for Jazz Ensemble
    Uptown Hoedown
    for Chamber Orchestra