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Johann Peter Schickele (b. July 17, 1935) is an American composer, musical educator and parodist, best known for his comedy music albums featuring music he wrote as P.D.Q. Bach. is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742?) is the pseudonym under which Professor Peter Schickele has written a substantial body of satirical music, recorded on nearly twenty compact discs on the Vanguard and Telarc labels. ...



Schickele was born in Ames, Iowa to Alsatian immigrant parents, and brought up in Washington, D.C. and Fargo, North Dakota, where he studied composition with Sigvald Thompson. Graduating from Fargo Cental High in 1952 and then graduating with a degree in music from Swarthmore College in 1957, the first student at Swarthmore and the only student in his class with such a degree. He graduated from the Juilliard School with an M.S. in musical composition; in the ensuing years he has frequently cited Roy Harris as the most influential of his teachers. Main Street in downtown Ames in 2006 Ames is a city located in the central part of the U.S. state of Iowa, about 30 miles north of Des Moines in Story County. ... Alsatian can refer to: A person from Alsace, France The Alsatian language A German Shepherd Dog This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Swarthmore College is a private, independent, liberal arts college in the United States with an enrollment of about 1,450 students. ... The Juilliard School is one of the worlds premiere performing arts conservatory located in New York City, it is informally identified as simply Juilliard, and trains in the fields of Dance, Drama, and Music. ... Musical composition is a phrase used in a number of contexts, the most commonly used being a piece of music. ... Roy Ellsworth Harris (February 12, 1898 – October 1, 1979) was an American classical composer who wrote much music on American subjects and is perhaps best known for his . ...


Schickele has composed more than 100 original works for symphony orchestra, choral groups, chamber ensemble, voice, film (e.g. Silent Running), and television. He has also written music for school bands, Joan Baez and other folk singers, and musicals, and has organized numerous concert performances as both musical director and performer. Schickele is active on the international and North American concert circuit. Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ... Chamber music is a form of classical music, written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... For other uses, see Silent Running (disambiguation). ... Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. ...

Schickele's musical creations have won him multiple awards. His extensive body of work is marked by a distinctive style which integrates the European classical tradition with an unmistakable American idiom. As a musical educator he also hosted the classical music educational radio program Schickele Mix which was broadcast on many public radio stations in the United States. Lack of funding ended the production of new programs in the late 1990s, and rebroadcasts of the existing programs finally ceased in June 2007.[1] Only 119 of the 169 programs were in the rebroadcast rotation, because earlier shows contained American Public Radio production IDs rather than ones crediting Public Radio International. In March 2006, some of the other "lost episodes" were added back to the rotation, with one notable program remnant the Periodic Table of Musics, listing the names of musicians and composers as mythical element names in a format reminiscent of the Periodic table.[2] Public broadcasting (also known as public service broadcasting or PSB) is the dominant form of broadcasting around the world, where radio, television, and potentially other electronic media outlets receive funding from the public. ... Public Radio International, or PRI, is a not_for_profit corporation based in the United States founded in 1983 to develop non-commercial audio programming for public radio and other audio venues. ... Public Radio International (PRI) is a Minneapolis-based American public radio organization, with locations in Boston, New York, and London. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Periodic Table redirects here. ...

Schickele, an accomplished bassoonist, was also a member of the chamber rock trio Open Window, which wrote and performed music for the revue Oh! Calcutta!. Schickele's two children, Matt and Karla, have been members of various indie rock bands, including Beekeeper, Ida, K, and M Shanghai String Band.[3] The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that typically plays music written in the bass and tenor registers and occasionally even higher. ... Oh! Calcutta! was a long-running theatrical revue, debuting off-Broadway in 1969, created by British critic Kenneth Tynan. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Ida is an American indie rock band from New York City. ...

Schickele's music is published by the Theodore Presser Company. The Theodore Presser Company is an American music publishing and distribution company located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. ...

P.D.Q. Bach

Main article: P.D.Q. Bach

Besides composing music under his own name, Schickele has developed an elaborate parodic persona built around his studies of the fictional "youngest and the oddest of the twenty odd children" of Johann Sebastian Bach, P.D.Q. Bach. His clever parodies of classical music, written under this particular Bach’s name, have earned him four Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Performance/Album. Among the huge repertory still being uncovered by the diligent Schickele are such challenging works as: The Abduction of Figaro, Canine Cantata: "Wachet Arf!" (S. K9), Good King Kong Looked Out, the Trite Quintet (S. 6 of 1), "O Little Town of Hackensack", A Little Nightmare Music, and perhaps best known of all, the dramatic oratorio, Oedipus Tex, featuring the O.K. Chorale. Though P.D.Q. Bach is ostensibly a Baroque composer, Schickele extends his parodic repertoire to modern works such as "Einstein on the Fritz", a parody of his Juilliard classmate Philip Glass. P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742?) is the pseudonym under which Professor Peter Schickele has written a substantial body of satirical music, recorded on nearly twenty compact discs on the Vanguard and Telarc labels. ... “Bach” redirects here. ... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the 2000s . ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album was awarded from yearly 1959 to 1993 and then from 2004 to present day. ... The Abduction of Figaro, described as A Simply Grand Opera by P. D. Q. Bach, is actually the work of composer Peter Schickele. ... Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is a three-times Academy Award-nominated American composer. ...

His fictitious "home establishment," where he reports having tenure as "Very Full Professor Peter Schickele" of "musicolology" and "musical pathology", is the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople, a little known institution which does not normally welcome out-of-state visitors. To illustrate the work of his uncovered composer, Schickele invented a range of rather unusual instruments. The most complicated of these is the Hardart, a variety of tone-generating devices mounted on the frame of an "automat", a coin-operated food dispenser. The automat is used in the Concerto for Horn and Hardart, a play on the name of proprietors Horn & Hardart, who pioneered the North American use of the Automat. Schickele also invented the "dill piccolo" for playing sour notes, the "left-handed sewer flute", the "tromboon", the "lasso d'amore", the double-reed slide music stand, the "tuba mirum", a flexible tube filled with wine, and the "pastaphone", an uncooked tube of manicotti pasta played as a horn. P.D.Q's 1965 Concerto for Bagpipe, Bicycle and Balloon demonstrated the inherent musical qualities of everyday objects in ways not equally agreeable to all who listen to them. For album by Prince, see Musicology (album). ... A renal cell carcinoma (chromophobe type) viewed on a hematoxylin & eosin stained slide Pathologist redirects here. ... The University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople is a fictional university that serves as the home institution for Professor Peter Schickele, where he is renowned as the greatest expert on the life and works of the (similarly renowned) fictional composer P. D. Q. Bach and serves as a professor... The Concerto for Horn and Hardart is a work of Peter Schickele but is touted as a work by P. D. Q. Bach. ... Horn & Hardart is a company that came to prominence as the proprietors of the first automat in New York City. ... North American redirects here. ... For the Edward Hopper painting, see Automat (painting). ... A tromboon The tromboon is a musical instrument made up of the reed and bocal of the bassoon attached to the body of a trombone instead of the trombone mouthpiece. ... The lasso damore is a musical instrument made of corrugated plastic tubing, employed in some P. D. Q. Bach compositions such as the Erotica Variations. ... Manicotti is the name for a large, tubular form of pasta, generally 3-4 inches in length and one inch in diameter. ... Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ...

For the most part his music written as P.D.Q. Bach has overshadowed Schickele's work as a serious composer.

In recent years, Schickele has created the non-P.D.Q. Bach albums Hornsmoke, Sneaky Pete and the Wolf and The Emperor's New Clothes. The emperor in procession by Edmund Dulac For other uses, see The Emperors New Clothes (disambiguation). ...


  1. ^ Dedicated to the Proposition that All Musics are Created Equal. The Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach Web Site. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
  2. ^ Schickele Mix Program Database Search. The Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach Web Site. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
  3. ^ M Shanghai String Band: Biography. M Shanghai String Band. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
  • Schickele, Peter (1976). The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach. New York: Random House. ISBN 0394465369. 

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External links

  • The Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach Web Site
  • Peter Schickele page at Theodore Presser Company
  • The Schickeletorium
  • Periodic Table of Musics
  • The Peter Schickele Myspace (Maintained by Fan)

Audio links

  • Peter Schickele interview
  • Schickele Mix via streaming audio
  • "Composing Thoughts" radio interview

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Peter Schickele (152 words)
Peter Schickele (1935-present) is a composer, musician, and musical parodist.
He was born in Ames, Iowa on July 17, 1935, and graduated with a degree in music from Swarthmore in 1957.
Bach[?]." He hosted the radio program "Schickele Mix" (http://www.schickele.com/mix) which was broadcast on many public radio stations in the United States.
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