Skip to comments.Peter Schickele turns 80 today
Posted on 07/17/2015 7:41:09 AM PDT by Borges
Best known for works like...
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,
The cantata 'Iphigenia in Brooklyn',
The Art of The Ground Round (S. $1.19/lb.),
Blaues Grasse (The Bluegrass Cantata),
the dramatic oratorio Oedipus Tex, featuring the "O.K. Chorale".
A guy with a lot of talent and a sense of humor to match. Happy 80th!
Got to see Schickele perform live in the '80's. It was a riot. He even had "groupies" who came dressed in medieval garb.
Old Man Schickele’s boy?
The “father” of P.D.Q. Bach - “the oddest of Bach’s twenty odd children”.
I LOVE that guy!
Gotta wish him a Happy birthday, PDQ!
Concerto for Piano vs. Orchestra
Hansel & Gretel & Ted & Alice, an opera in one unnatural act.
I’m particularly fond of P. D. Q. Bach’s “Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycles, and Balloons”.
“That was the Toot Suite, from the O.K. Chorale, Schickele no. 212 degrees...”
His oratorio “The Seasonings”, Schickele no. 1/2 tsp...
Both the “Quodlibet” and “The Unbegun Symphony” are classic works for full orchestra.
Then some of the period instruments: the “Windbreaker”, the “Slide Windbreaker”, and the “Lasso D’Amore”, the latter originated by 18th Century Viennese cowboys.
Still have on VHS Prof. Schickele’s 2000 duo performance with Itzak Perlman & the Boston Pops. Priceless.
Which I believe was originally titled by his friends as "The Pathetic Symphony". But then he got a new group of friends and they titled it "The Unbegun Symphony".
The classic play by play of Beethoven’s 5th symphony.
Bwaaa Haaaa Haaa
It does take an unsurprisingly large amount of talent and skill to successfully bring humor into areas like classical music. I have a comedy section in my collection with several of ‘Professor’ Schickele’s albums along with Anna Russell’s Wagner parody and some of Victor Borge as well.
I remember being entertained by Mr Schickele at a performance in a fine old 1920s movie palace, where if memory serves, he first appeared on stage by descending a rope. Money well spent by the memories this post reminds me of!
‘My Bonnie Lass - She Smelleth’
“... only he who is running knows...”
Alas, I moved from Illinois to the Sunshine State and the lone FM classical station in my Florida area went out of business and now I'm bereft of my portable radio pleasures at home from room to room, at the beach...and on my car radio.
You can still hear WFMT in Chicago online. :)
My mom dragged me to one of his concerts back when I was in High School.
By the time the final curtain came down my mom was a great mom again. I loved the concert.
I had such a good time. He had a song with a slide whistle that made me laugh.
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