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
    160-00143 3 Folk Settings
    Piano Unaccompanied
    163-00043 Canzona
    For Organ
    4:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    160-00217 Ceremonial March
    For Piano and Organ
    2:00 Piano with Instrument
    160-00202 Epitaphs
    For Piano
    9:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    163-00042 Fantasy
    For Organ
    9:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    160-00222 Four Pieces for Piano
    2:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00223 A Garland Of Rags
    For Piano
    7:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00213 Hollers, Hymns and Dirges
    Eight Folk Settings for Piano
    12:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00185 The Household Moose
    Sketches From The Summer Of 1956, for Piano
    Piano Unaccompanied
    460-00054 In My Nine Lives
    Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00200 Little Suite for Josie
    For Piano
    4:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    460-00072 Little Suite for Susan
    For Piano
    7:30 Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00184 Presents 1
    For Piano
    Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00220 Presents II
    Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00198 Razzle-Dazzle Triptych for Piano
    3:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00199 Small Serenade
    For Piano
    4:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    460-00065 Three Piano Sonatinas
    Piano Unaccompanied
    160-00216 Two Miniatures
    For Piano, Left Hand
    3:00 Piano Unaccompanied
    163-00044 Variations On A Medieval Theme
    For Organ
    4:00 Organ Unaccompanied
    164-00187 Vermillion Suite
    For Unaccompained Cello
    Chamber Ensemble
    164-00126 A Little Welcome Serenade
    For Flute and Violin
    164-00226 A Small World
    For Two Flutes
    4:30 Flute Duet
    164-00279 A Year In The Catskills
    For Woodwind Quintet
    21:30 Woodwind Quintet
    164-00278 Autumn Trio
    For Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano
    14:00 Piano Trio
    164-00250 Blue Set No. 1
    For Jazz String Quartet
    16:00 String Quartet
    164-00231 Blue Set No. 2
    For Four Bassoons
    12:00 Bassoon Ensemble
    164-00237 Brass Calendar
    For Brass Quintet
    18:00 Brass Quintet
    14658 Broadway Boogie
    5:00 Fl. Cl. Pno. Hp. Str.
    460-00096 Chapbook
    8:00 Piano Ensemble
    164-00150 Commedia
    Woodwind Trio
    164-00172 Dances for Three
    For 2 B-Flat Clarinets and Bassoon
    14:00 Woodwind Trio
    164-00268 Delta Jukebox
    Bassoon Duet
    164-00152 Diversions
    For Oboe, B-Flat Clarinet and Bassoon
    9:00 Woodwind Trio
    164-00235 Divertimento
    For 2 B-Flat Clarinets and Bassoon
    9:00 Woodwind Trio
    164-00206 Dream Dances
    For Flute, Oboe, and Cello
    12:00 Chamber Ensemble
    164-00238 Duo Caprice
    For Two Violins
    8:30 Violin Duet
    164-00243 Eagle Rock
    Sonatina for Cello and Piano
    164-00128 Elegies
    For Clarinet and Piano
    10:00 Clarinet with Piano
    164-00262 Emperor’s New Clothes
    Narrator, Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
    165-00094 Harvard Fair
    164-00175 Hornsmoke
    A Horse Opera for Brass Quintet and Narration (Score and Parts)
    22:00 Brass Quintet
    416-41173 Iphigenia In Brooklyn
    Cantata for Bargain-Counter-Tenor, Trumpet Mouthpiece, Double Reeds, Wine Bottle, Harpsichord, and String Quartet(arr.)
    164-00274 Joy To The World, Especially Out Of Work Musicians
    Suite for Six Gig-Impaired Musicians(arr.)
    6:00 Chamber Ensemble
    164-00214 Last Tango In Bayreuth
    For Four Bassoons
    2:45 Bassoon Ensemble
    164-00186 Little London Trio
    For Two Violins and Viola
    8:00 String Trio
    160-00218 Little Mushrooms
    Suite for Piano, Four Hands, Celebrating The 200th Anniversary Of Schubert’s Birth
    14:00 Piano 4 Hands
    464-00047 Little Suite for Autumn
    For Violin and Viola
    7:30 String Duet
    160-00193 Little Suite for Summer
    Seven Pieces for One Piano, Four Hands
    6:30 Piano 4 Hands
    164-00183 Little Suite for Winter
    For B-Flat Clarinet and Tuba
    11:00 Mixed Duet
    164-00098 Monochrome I
    For Eight Flutes
    164-00099 Monochrome II
    For Seven Trombones
    Trombone Ensemble
    164-00120 Monochrome III
    For Nine B-Flat Clarinets
    164-00220 Monochrome IV
    164-00173 Monochrome V
    For Eight Flutes
    14672 Monochrome VI
    for 10 Pianos
    7:00 10Pno.
    460-00097 Morning Music
    For Piano, Four Hands
    11:00 2 Pianos 4 Hands
    164-00203 Mountain Music I
    For Cello and Piano
    164-00189 Music for An Evening
    For String Quartet and Piano, Four Hands – Full Score and Parts
    15:00 Mixed Ensemble
    164-00280 Music for Judy
    For Trumpet and String Quartet
    17:00 String Quartet
    164-00192 Music for Mary
    For Flute and Piano
    164-00276 Music for Orcas Island
    For Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano
    13:00 Piano Quartet
    164-00216 Nellermojo
    164-00252 New Goldberg Variations
    For Cello and Piano
    16902 Octet
    19:00 Cl. Bsn. Hn. 2Vln. Vla. Vcl. Cb.
    164-00271 Passacaglia In C Minus
    Quodlibet for String Quartet
    7:30 String Quartet
    14675 Percussion Sonata No. 1
    13:00 12 Percussion
    164-00263 Percussion Sonata No. 2 “Woodstock”
    For Five Percussionists
    13:00 Percussion Ensemble
    164-00294 Percussion Sonata No. 3 “Maverick”
    For Percussion Quartet
    13:00 Percussion Ensemble
    460-00070 Piano Concerto No.2 In F Major
    Ole: for Piano and Brass Quintet
    8:00 Piano with Instrument
    164-00282 Piano Trio “Alaria”
    For Violin, Cello, and Piano
    17:00 Piano Trio
    164-00138 Polka
    From Hornsmoke:for Brass Quintet
    164-00163 Quartet
    For Clarinet (In A), Violin, Violoncello, and Piano
    20:00 Chamber Ensemble
    164-00242 Queen Anne’s Lace
    Suite for Four Cellos
    10:00 Cello Quartet
    164-00269 Quintet No. 1
    For Piano and String Quartet
    Piano Quintet
    164-00251 Quintet No. 2
    For Piano and String Quartet – Score and Parts
    26:00 Piano Quintet
    164-00227 River Music
    For Viola and Cello
    String Duet
    164-00236 River Run
    For Contrabass and Harpsichord
    164-00197 Serenade for Six
    164-00228 Serenade for Three
    For Bb Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
    13:00 Mixed Ensemble
    464-00020 Seven Bagatelles
    For Woodwind Quartet
    Woodwind Quartet
    164-00281 Six Studies
    For Clarinet and Bassoon
    9:00 Woodwind Duet
    114-40166 Sonata for Viola Four Hands and Harpsichord
    Viola with Piano
    164-00176 Spring Serenade
    For Flute and Piano
    164-00277 Stepping Out
    For Contrabass and Piano
    11:00 Contrabass with Piano
    164-00181 String Quartet No. 1
    American Dreams
    String Quartet
    164-00182 String Quartet No. 2
    String Quartet
    164-00195 String Quartet No. 3
    String Quartet
    164-00224 String Quartet No. 4
    String Quartet
    164-00286 String Quintet No. 1
    22:00 String Quintet
    14683 String Sextet
    26:00 2Vln. 2Vla. 2Vcl.
    164-00205 Summer Serenade
    For Bassoon and Piano
    13:00 Bassoon with Piano
    164-00147 Summer Trio
    For Flute, Cello and Piano
    11:00 Chamber Ensemble
    165-00095 Take Me Back To Funk, Nebraska
    164-00193 The Boston Wonder
    Suite for Narrator, Flute, and Piano
    Flute with Piano
    160-00167 The Civilian Barber
    Overture for 1 Piano, Four Hands
    Piano 4 Hands
    161-00081 The Flow Of Memory
    For Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
    7:00 Chamber Ensemble
    164-00144 The Lowest Trees Have Tops
    Cantata for Soprano, Flute, Viola and Harp On Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Poems
    24:00 Chamber Ensemble
    16589 The Rivals
    Songs and incidental music for the play by Sheridan.
    46:00 Fl. Cl. Vln. Bsn. Cb. Hpscd.
    164-00211 Three Scenes for Five Instruments
    164-00184 Three Uncharacteristic Pieces
    For B-Flat Trumpet and Piano
    10:00 Trumpet with Piano
    164-00007 Tombeau De P.D.Q. Bach
    Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Violin with Piano
    164-00287 Top O’ The Millennium
    For Two Violas
    10:00 String Duet
    164-00190 Trio Serenade
    For Two Flutes and Piano
    13:00 Flute Duet with Piano
    164-00194 Two Pleasant Songs
    For Flute( Or Soprano Vocalise) and Piano
    161-00079 Two Songs On Elizabethan Lyrics
    For Voice and Piano
    O5430 Valentines
    Flute, Piano
    164-00245 Viola Dreams
    Quodlibet for String Quartet
    4:15 String Quartet
    164-00204 What Did You Do Today At Jeffey’s House?
    Three Pieces for French Horn and Piano
    5:00 Horn with Piano
    164-00188 Windows
    For Viola (Or Flute Or Clarinet) and Guitar
    5:00 Viola and Guitar
    Choral / Vocal
    362-03302 1. Richard At Vezelay (From “Two Meditations”)
    For TTB, A Cappella
    2:00 TTB
    362-03221 1. Who Is This Child?
    (From “Diptych”) for S.A.B., With Piano and Optional Percussion (Finger Cymbals, Vibraphone)
    4:00 Soprano, Alto, Baritone, Piano, Finger Cymbals, Vibraphone
    362-03222 2. Gloria From “Diptych” (A Set Of Two Sacred Choral Works for Christmas)
    For SAB, With Piano and Optional Percussion (Xylophone, Bells, Timpani)
    4:00 SAB
    362-03297 2. Take A Strain, Boys
    (From “”Three Pirate Songs””)
    3:30 Men’s Chorus
    362-03412 After Spring Sunset
    For S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella On Japanese Poems
    11:00 Mixed Chorus
    362-03402 Amazing Grace
    S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella(arr.)
    5:00 Mixed Chorus
    462-00016 The Birth Of Christ
    Mixed Chorus and Piano
    362-03296 Captain Fate
    1. Captain Fate
    3:00 Men’s Chorus
    362-03382 Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    I. Prologue (August)
    3:00 SATB with Piano
    362-03383 Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    II. Fall (September, October, November)
    6:30 SATB with Piano
    362-03384 Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    III. Winter (December, January, February)
    5:00 SATB with Piano
    362-03385 Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    IV. Spring (March, April, May)
    28:00 SATB with Piano
    362-03386 Concerto for Piano and Chorus “The Twelve Months”
    V. Summer (June, July)
    28:00 SATB with Piano
    462-00031 Go for Broke
    A Comedy for Chorus, Ssatb, A Cappella
    21:00 Mixed Chorus
    312-41182 Good King Kong Looked Out
    From A Consort Of Choral Christmas Carols(arr.)
    2:30 Mixed Chorus
    362-03392 Guide My Soul
    Sa.T.B and Organ
    362-03401 Happy Birthday, Beth
    For Two-Part Chorus (Male Or Female), A Cappella
    1:30 Mixed Chorus
    362-03422 If You Will Try It
    362-03303 Jonah’s Song
    2:00 Men’s Chorus
    362-03110 The Last Supper
    For Women’s Chorus (S.S.A.)
    Women’s Chorus
    362-03397 Mass for Men’s Voices
    B.B.B., A Cappella
    10:00 Men’s Chorus
    17433 My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
    for Mixed Chorus, Piano and Strings
    4:30 SATB Chorus; Pno. Str.
    362-03418 My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord
    4:30 SATB
    362-03191 Roundup
    Two-, Three- and Four-Part Rounds From Twenty Years Of Catching
    Vocal Ensemble
    362-03391 Name Songs
    S.A.B. Chorus Or Solo Voices
    6:00 Mixed Chorus
    362-03400 Roundup At The Raunch
    2-, 3-, & 4-Part Rounds They Wouldn’T Publish
    Vocal Ensemble
    392-00327 Silently, Invisibly
    161-00080 Songs From Shakespeare
    For Voice and Piano
    5:00 Voice with Piano
    362-03390 II. Songs On Old French Poems, From “Summer Music”
    For SAB Chorus Or Solo Voices, and Soprano Recorder Or Piccolo Or Flute
    5:00 Mixed Chorus
    392-00330 Things To Try On A Summer Day
    362-03420 Three Choruses From E.E. Cummings
    362-03293 Three Meditations
    For Women’s Chorus, A Cappella
    161-00071 Three Songs for A Wedding
    For Medium Voice and Piano
    362-03389 I. Triptych
    S.A.B. Chorus Or Solo Voices
    6:00 Mixed Chorus
    362-01163 Two Prayers
    4:00 SATB
    362-03298 We Have Crossed The Equator Again
    T.T.B.B., With Piano
    5:00 Men’s Chorus
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    164-00191 A Little Mosey Music
    Rag for Brass Sextet
    Brass Ensemble
    164-00217 Bachanale
    165-00087 Little Suite for Summer
    Concert Band
    14671 Metropolitan Wind Serenade
    for Symphonic Band
    165-00055 Pavilion Piece
    165-00085 The Tribe Of Ahasuerus
    March and Prayer (Full Score and Parts)
    7:00 Concert Band
    164-00225 Variations On A Joke
    For Brass Quintet
    4:30 Brass Quintet
    14690 A Zoo Called Earth
    for Pre-taped Narration and Orchestra
    17:00 2 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; 4Perc. Cel. Str.; Tape
    14657 American Birthday Card
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    8:00 Narr.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    21770 Carnival of the Animals
    Original Poems/Narration for Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”
    25:00 Narration
    166-00062 Celebration With Bells
    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
    10099 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    In Memoriam F.D.R.
    22:00 Solo Vcl.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 3 0 0; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.
    164-00273 Double Diptych
    14665 Elegy
    for String Orchestra
    8:00 Str.
    21694 Folk Song Set
    for Chamber Orchestra
    9:30 2(2 dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; 1Perc. Hp. Str.
    14669 Legend
    Instrumental Version of “The Chenoo Who Stayed To Dinner”
    22:00 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 2 1; 2Perc. Str.
    16968 Little Fugue BWV 899
    1:00 Hns. Tpts. Tbns. Tba.; Str.
    11339 One for the Money
    4:30 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    14697 Quodlibet
    10:00 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Str.
    14676 Requiem
    for String Orchestra
    5:00 Str.
    466-00049 Requiem for Strings
    14678 Scenes from Breughel
    for Renaissance Ensemble and Orchestra
    20:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str. Renaissance Ensemble (4 Players)
    14679 Serenade
    11:00 2 2 3 2 – 4 3 3 0; Perc. Str.
    14680 Serenade for 11 Instruments
    21:00 Fl. Ob. Cl. Hn. Bsn. 2Vln. Vcl. Cb. Pno.
    14681 Sneaky Pete and the Wolf
    (Narration for Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”)
    14682 Songs from Shakespeare
    6:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    10012 Symphony No. 1
    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.
    12474 Symphony No. 2
    “The Sweet Season”
    22:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp./Perc. Pno. Hp. Str. (min:
    14659 The Chenoo Who Stayed to Dinner
    Legend for Narrator and Orchestra (See also Legend)
    22:00 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 2 1; 2Perc. Str.
    166-00050 The Civilian Barber
    Overture for Chamber Orchestra
    2:45 Chamber Orchestra
    14688 The View from the Roof
    for 3 Orchestras
    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.
    14685 Three Girls, Three Women
    22:00 2 2 2 2 – 3 2 1 1; Perc. Cel. Hp. Str.
    14686 Three Strange Cases
    for Narrator and Orchestra
    6:00 1 1 1 1 – 0 0 0 0; 2Perc. Str.
    466-00045 Thurber’s Dogs
    14687 Thurber’s Dogs
    20:00 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    466-00046 Uptown Hoedown
    14698 Uptown Hoedown
    4:30 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 3(3 Optional) 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    May be performed with double winds.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    10448 Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra
    23:00 Solo Bassoon; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2 1 – 2 2 0 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
    14660 Concerto for Chamber Orchestra
    27:00 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; 2Perc. Str.
    16949 Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
    14661 Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
    18:00 Solo Fl.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    14662 Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra
    24:00 Solo Ob.; 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    14666 The Fantastic Garden
    for Rock Group and Orchestra
    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.
    14667 Far Away from Here
    Music for Bluegrass Band and Orchestra
    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.
    14668 Five of a Kind
    Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra
    25:00 Hn. 2Tpt. Tbn. Tu. Soli; 2 2 2 2 – 4 2 2 0; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    10079 If Love Is Real
    for Two Voices and Small Orchestra
    3:15 2 Vx.; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Perc.(Bells) Pno. Str.
    14670 The Maiden on the Moor
    for Counter-Tenor or Contralto and Chamber Orchestra
    8:00 Ob. 2Hn. Finger Cym. Str.
    14673 Pentangle
    Five Songs for Horn and Orchestra
    25:00 Solo Hn.; 3 2 3 2 – 4 2 2 1; Timp. Perc. Pno. Cel. Str.
    14677 Requiem Mantras
    for Rock Group and Orchestra
    15:00 Rock Group; 3 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; 3Perc. Pno. Cel. Str.
    14689 What Did You Do Today at Jeffey’s House?
    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

  • The Triumph of Honor
    Comedy in Three Acts
    A Zoo Called Earth
    for Pre-Taped Narration and Orchestra
    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