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P.D.Q. Bach

The unfortunately prolific alter ego of composer Peter Schickele, P.D.Q. Bach is the last and least of the many children of Johann Sebastian Bach -- at least according to Schickele, reputedly the Professor of Music at the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople. Releasing the beast of P.D.Q. Bach's music upon a drowsing world in the year 1965, Schickele set upon a course of performing and recording the composer's works as they were, like some kind of musical zombie, disinterred. The music has required some creativity in the development of instruments such as the left-handed sewer flute, the slide music stand, the windbreaker and others.

The works of P.D.Q. Bach have, over the years, included an opera, The Abduction of Figaro, which has been broadcast on television and made available on home video (this work includes the infamous aria, "Found a Peanut") and early attempts as stylistic fusions such as the bluegrass cantata "Blaues Grass, Grune Himmel." Curiously enough, many of the world's greatest orchestras have consented to perform the composer's work, but this may simply mean that there is no accounting for taste, even when there is no taste for accounting.

The works of P.D.Q. Bach continue to be performed worldwide, particularly by the Semi-Pro Musica Antiqua, with occasional recordings erupting on the Telarc label. Schickele's parody compositions are generally spot-on, with hilarious results, though once in a while he does tend towards self-indulgence, a sin quite easy to forgive considering the whole body of work. ~ Steven McDonald, Rovi
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Track List: P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults

Comments

ibwl
I've just discovered PDQ Bach. It was playing on Sirious. More ed
ilana.green. c e m b e r
Need more albums. Srsly.
Ummm... Pandora, send one of the interns to the record store for some PDQ Bach!
jhaird
Does Pandora ever read these comments? We definately need more PDQ Bach. One album is not enough
Throw the Yule Log on Uncle John! Exposed in the 80's and I've not been the same since. We need more PDQ Bach!
PDQ Bach is a good reason why people who aren't fond of classical music, can then tolerate and enjoy it. Keep adding more albums pandora. Maybe you're not familiar with mister schickele, but there are many of us who are and we would like to here more form him and PDQ Bach. Enough said. Get with it people!!!!
If you ever needed a vehicle to guide children to serious (classical) music, this guy is it.
dawn.pitsch9
I concur! Please add more PDQ Bach.
Yes, Pandora....j u s t the one PDQ Bach recording? C'mon!
This is alot more serious than I remember PDQ, previous pdq was laugh out loud funny>
drdumont7
Although PDQ Bach isn't for everyone, I find I cannot listen for even a moment without smiling. If you know the root music, you get the all the jokes. If you don't know the music, you get a lot of the jokes. Come on, Pandora! MORE than just one album!
I'm with Eclectic - only the one CD? Come on! Yeah, this is a very good one, but there is a whole lot more to PDQ Bach, as noted in the bio, and it's been brilliant from the beginning. More, please!
oopsme_1
I agree! discovered him in the late 60's. I love the double reed music stand!
Schickele really has himself a niche market; the recordings are, on the whole, side-splitti n g . I, for one, would love to see more of the PDQ Bach catalog on Pandora!

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