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The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection (Vanguard CD-159/62):  Includes the complete contents of the first five P.D.Q. Bach albums, plus the “Sanka” Cantata (never before released) and some newly-recorded research by the Professor, in a 4-CD boxed set with expanded liner notes, new historical information, and rare photos. 

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Performers

bullet Professor Peter Schickele, conductor, announcer, beriberitone, Hardart, Wine Bottle, Ocarina, bicycle, windbreaker, tromboon, worm, calliope, siren
bullet Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jorge Mester
bullet The Royal P.D.Q. Bach Festival Orchestra, Jorge Mester, conductor
bullet The Orchestra of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople Heavy Opera Company under the direction of John Nelson
bullet John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor, harpsichord, razzer
bulletMarlene Kleinman, mezzanine soprano
bullet Lorna Haywood, off-coloratura
bullet William Woolf, bass
bulletBernice, houndentenor
bullet The Okay Chorale, John Nelson, director
bullet Ralph Froelich, French Horn
bullet David Oei, piano, police whistle
bullet Leonid Hambro, Harpsichord
bullet Seymour Platt, Trumpet Mouthpiece
bullet Maurice Eisenstadt, Bagpipes, balloons
bullet Robert Lewis, Left-handed Sewer Flute
bullet Stanley Buetens, Lute
bullet Stephen Lickman, Double-reed Slide Music Stand
bullet Peter Zolotareff, Balalaika
bullet Peter Rosenfeld, celloist
bullet Arthur Weisberg, bassooner
bullet I Virtuosi di Hoople
bulletAmateur Musica Antiqua of Hoople
bulletRobert Dennis, announcer
bullet Will Jordan as Milton Host
bullet Bill Macy as Paul Henry Lung
bulletThe Young Peter Schickele, announcer, bassoon, and piano
bulletThe Young David Schickele, Sir Osbronk Chapie, Bart., baritone, violin and viola
bulletThe Young Earnest Lloyd, sound engineer and cello
bulletTom Keith, librarian
bulletTim Russell, Howard Zend

Track Listing

Disk 1:

New Track

[1]  In the Vanguard Vault, Part 1

Peter Schickele Presents An Evening with P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742)?

[2]  Introduction

Concerto for Horn and Hardart, S. 27 (P.D.Q. Bach)

[3]       Allegro

[4]       Tema con variazione

[5]       Menuetto con Panna e Zucchero

[6]  Introduction

Cantata:  Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 53162 (P.D.Q. Bach)

[7]        Aria

[8]        Recitative

[9]        Ground

[10]       Recitative

[11]       Aria

[12]  Introduction

Quodlibet for Small Orchestra (Prof. Schickele)

[13]        Allegro 

[14]        Adagio

[15]        Allegro

[16]  Introduction

Sinfonia Concertante,  S. 98.6 (P.D.Q. Bach)

[17]        Sehr Unruhig mit schmalz

[18]        Andante senza moto

[19]        Presto mit schleppend

An Hysteric Return:  P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall

[20]  Introduction

Oratorio — “The Seasonings”, S. 1 1/2 tsp.  (P.D.Q. Bach)

[21]        Chorus: “Tarragon of virtue is full”

[22]        Recitative:  “And there were in the same country”

[23]        Duet:  “Bide thy thyme”

[24]        Fugue

[25]        Recitative:  “Then asked he”

[26]        Chorale:  “By the leeks of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept”

[27]        Recitative:  “Then she gave in”

[28]        Aria:  “Open sesame seeds”

[29]        Recitative:  “So saying”

[30]        Duet:  “Summer is a cumin seed”

[31]        Chorus with Soloists:  “To curry favor, favor curry”

 

Disk 2:

An Hysteric Return, continued

[1]  Introduction

“Unbegun” Symphony (Prof. Schickele)

[2]        III.  Minuet 

[3]        IV.  Andante --Allegro

[4]  Introduction

Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle and Balloons, S. 66  (P.D.Q. Bach)

[5]        Allegro moulto

[6]        Romanze II (Adagio Sireno)

[7]        Minaret and Trio

[8]        Romanze I (Chi Largo)

[9]        Presto Changio

Report from Hoople:  P.D.Q. Bach on the Air

Bright and Early Show

[10]  Signature theme *
         Intro

[11]  Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments, S. 9999999999 (P.D.Q. Bach)
        Tag

[12]  Station break

[13]  Commercial:  “Do you Suffer?” *

[14]  Intro

[15]  New Horizons in Music Appreciation:  Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony Sportscast

[16]  Time
      Weather
      News

[17]  Intro

[18]  Traumarai for Unaccompanied Piano (P.D.Q. Bach)

[19]  Station Break
       Tag
       Signature Theme

Dull and Late Show

[20]  Signature Theme
         Intro

Schleptet in E flat Major (P.D.Q. Bach)

[21]       Larghissimo — Allegro Boffo

[22]       Menuetto con Brio ma senza Trio

[23]       Adagio Saccharino

[24]       Yehudi Menuetto

[25]       Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio

[26]  Tag
         Station Break

[27]  What’s My Melodic Line?

[28]  Time
         News
         Intro

[29]  Fugue in C Minor, from the “Toot” Suite for Calliope Four Hands, S. 212o (P.D.Q. Bach)

[30]  Tag
         Station Break

[31]  What’s Happening in Home Economics (Beethoven’s Revenge)

[32]  Commercial:  “If You Have Never” *

[33]  Sign-off
       Signature Theme

 

* from Divers Ayres On Sundrie Notions, S. 99 44/100 (P.D.Q. Bach)

 

Disk 3:

P.D.Q. Bach’s Half-Act Opera, “The Stoned Guest”

[1]  Introduction

Half-Act Opera, The Stoned Guest, Part One  (P.D.Q. Bach)

[2]        Overture

[3]        Aria:  “Let's fact it — I’m lost”

[4]        Recitative:  “Boy!”

[5]        Aria:  “Now is the season”

[6]        Recitative:  “Gesundheit!”

[7]        Duet:  “Woe”

[8]        Recitative:  “Hark!”

[9]        Aria:  “Look at me”

[10]       Recitative:  “That’s the end”

[11]       Trio:  “I'm sure I’d be”

[12]  Intermission Feature: Opera Whiz

[13]  Plot Synopsis

Half-Act Opera, The Stoned Guest, Completion  (P.D.Q. Bach)

[14]        Recitative:  “I hate to interrupt”

[15]        Quartet:  “Don Octave”

[16]        Finale:  “O saviour”

[17]  Announcement

Two Madrigals from The Triumphs of Thusnelda  (P.D.Q. Bach)

[18]        “The Queen to me a royal pain doth give”

[19]        “My bonnie lass she smelleth”

[20]  Final Announcement

 

Disk 4:

The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach

[1]   Spoken introduction

Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice, An opera in one unnatural act,  S. 2n-1 (P.D.Q. Bach)

[2]        Overture

[3]        Aria:  “I am a quaint old innkeeper”

[4]        Aria:  “Like a lonely pilgrim”

[5]        Aria:  “My name is Hansel Hunter”

[6]        Aria:  “I'm the village idiot”

[7]        Aria:  “Et expecto”

[8]        Aria:  “There’s something about a monk”

[9]        Duet:  “Do you love me?”

[10]       Interlude:  Medical examination

[11]       Aria:  “I hope you’ll take this friendly advice”

[12]       Aria:  “Teddy Nice is my name”

[13]       Duet:  “Jump not to conclusions”

[14]       Finale:  “Just tell me what your name is”

[15]  The O.K. Chorale from the “Toot” Suite for calliope four hands, S. 212o (P.D.Q. Bach)

[16]  Spoken introduction 

 

“Erotica” Variations, for banned instruments and piano, S. 36EE (P.D.Q. Bach)

[17]        Theme:  Windbreaker

[18]        Variation I:  Balloons

[19]        Variation II:  Slide Whistle

[20]        Variation III:  Slide Windbreaker

[21]        Variation IV:  Lasso D'Amore

[22]        Variation V:  Foghorn, Bell, Kazoo, Gargle

[23]  Spoken introduction

The Art of the Ground Round, for three baritones and discontinuo, S. 1.19/lb (P.D.Q. Bach)

[24]        Loving is as easy

[25]        Please, kind sir

[26]        Jane, my Jane

[27]        Golly golly oh

[28]        Nelly is a nice girl

[29]        Encore

New Tracks

[30]  In the Vanguard Vault, Part 2

[31]  The “Sanka” Cantata (P.D.Q. Bach)

[32]  In the Vanguard Vault, Part 3

 

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Audio Samples

Listen to The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version.  This Condensed Version gives you the intangible essence of the original recording in one small, easy-to-swallow capsule summary. The hyper folks at Hearer’s Digest have created this sample by slicing, dicing, and splicing, until it somewhat resembles excerpts of the original recording that are “severely truncated, but shorter.”

The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version

This Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version is made of excerpts from the following:  In the Vanguard Vault, Part 1—Spoken introduction to Concerto for Horn and Hardart—first aria from Iphigenia in Brooklyn—“Presto mit schleppend” from Sinfonia Concertante—“Bide thy thyme” and “To curry favor, favor curry” from “The Seasonings”—IV.  Andante–Allegro from “Unbegun” SymphonyNew Horizons in Music Appreciation—Intro to Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments—“Do you Suffer?”—Traumarai for Unaccompanied Piano—“The Queen to me a royal pain doth give” from Two Madrigals from The Triumphs of Thusnelda—“Gesundheit!” and “Don Octave” from The Stoned Guest—“Et expecto” and “Do you love me?” from Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice—Spoken Introduction—Loving is as easy from The Art of the Ground Round—In the Vanguard Vault, Part 2—The “Sanka” Cantata.

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