New Horizons in Music Appreciation

P.D.Q. Bach on the Air (LP 1967)

Peter Schickele, Robert Dennis

Beethoven's Fifth, play-by-play.

Cantata: Iphigenia in Brooklyn

Peter Schickele Presents P.D.Q. Bach (LP 1965)

John Ferrante (counter-tenor), Leonid Hambro (harpsichord), Seymour Platt (trumpet mouthpiece), Peter Schickele (wine bottle), Chamber Orchestra/ Jorge Mester

Recorded 4/26/1965 at Town Hall in New York

Eine Kleine Nichtmusik - Allegro

Portrait of P.D.Q. Bach (LP 1977)

New York Pick-Up Ensemble/ Schickele

Mozart, heavily embroidered. Schickele actually admits to having perpetrated this one himself.

Recit. and Aria: "Blaues Gras"

Black Forest Bluegrass (LP 1979)

John Ferrante, Peter Schickele, New York Pick-up Ensemble/ Robert Bernhardt

Guest artists include Eric Weisberg (mandolin and harmonica), Bill Kieth (banjo and harmonica), Happy Traum (guitar and harmonica) and Donald "Don" Palma (bass and harmonica). P.D.A. may have written this for Tommy Mann and his Magic Mountain Boys, one of the most popular Black Forest string bands of the 1790s. That's Schickele's story and he's sticking to it.

It Was a Lover and His Lass (from the Liebeslieder Polkas)

Liebeslieder Polkas (LP 1980)

Swarthmore College Chorus, David Oei, Anne Epperson, Peter Schickele (pianists)

For chorus and piano five hands, thereby making sure there would always be a hand free to turn pages.

"Howdy" Symphony: Finale: come un pipistrello fuori dall' inferno

P.D.Q. Bach: Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head (LP 1982)

New York Pick-Up Ensemble/ Schickele

According to Prof. Schickele, the symphony is "a paean of praise to the joys of reunion and companionship". The tempo marking translates as "like a bit out of hell".

Little Pickle Book: Toccata et Fuga Obnoxia

P.D.Q. Bach: The Short-Tempered Clavier (CD 1995)

Dennis James, theater organ

So perspicacious was P.D.Q., that he was able to compose this suite for theater organ despite the fact that it hadn't been invented yet.


P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture and other Musical Assaults (CD 1989)

The Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic/ Walter Bruno*

(*yeah, right..)

Tchaikovsky may never be the same.

1712 Overture

*Acronyms and other mysteries defined:
OC: unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.
OS: unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.

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