The genius behind P. D. Q Bach, and the compoaser of the score to Silent Running, is 79 today. Happy birthday, Peter Schickele!
May he live to be a happy, robust, still-composing, still performing 139, at least.
Some people know him as a great disk jockey. Some people know him as the singer of cabaret tunes. Some people know and love him as a composer of music for symphony orchestra, or to accompany Where the Wild Things Are.
Then there are those happy masses who know him for his historical work, recovering the works of Johann Sebastian Bach’s final and most wayward child, P. D. Q. Bach.
Tip of the old bathtub-hardened conductor’s baton to Eric Koenig.
This is mostly an encore post. It was scheduled to run on time, not sure why it didn’t — problems of being on the road, you know.
- Classical Notes: “Defiant Requiem,” Peter Schickele, “Little Women” (timesunion.com)
- Classical Comedy is Harder (the-unmutual.blogspot.com)
- Dining With Caruso Near the Old Met (wqxr.org)