Liebeslieder Polkas
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P.D.Q. Bach:  Liebeslieder Polkas  (Vanguard CD-79438, CS-79438, LP-79438):  The first opus of P.D.Q. Bach to be discovered in which he inflicted his music on the work of well-known poets, or even known poets, for that matter, plus the ambitious zodiac song cycle, the Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs.  

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Performers

bullet Professor Peter Schickele, basso blotto, piano (fifth hand)
bulletThe Swarthmore College Chorus, Peter Gram Swing, conductor
bullet John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor
bulletDavid Oei, piano, calliope, harpsichord, push-button chord organ
bulletAnne Epperson, piano
 

Track Listing

Liebeslieder Polkas for Mixed Chorus and Piano Five Hands,  S. 2/4 (P.D.Q. Bach)

[1]  To His Coy Mistress (Andrew Marvell)

[2]  To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (Robert Herrick)

[3]  The Passionate Shepherd To His Love (Christopher Marlowe)

[4]  Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover? (Sir John Suckling)

[5]  It Was a Lover and His Lass (William Shakespeare)

[6]  The Constant Lover (Sir John Suckling)

[7]  Song To Celia (Ben Johnson, adapted by P.D.Q. Bach)

[8]  Interlude (piano alone)

[9]  Farewell, Ungrateful Traitor (John Dryden)

[10]  Who Is Sylvia?  (William Shakespeare)

Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs (Arie Proprio Zodicale), S. 16o (P.D.Q. Bach)

[11]  Gemini (“Now Diddle had a twin”)

[12]  Cancer (“Henry the crab”)

[13]  Leo (“Now Leo the lion”)

[14]  Virgo (“Virginia, fairest Virginia”)

[15]  Libra (“Scales are very handy”)

[16]  Scorpio (“When the Lord was handling weapons out”)

[17]  Sagittarius (“Come all ye lads and lasses”)

[18]  Capricorn (“When William the Conqueror was a child”)

[19]  Aquarius (“Water bearer”)

[20]  Pisces (“O holy mackerel”)

[21]  Aries (“Once there was a sheep”)

[22]  Taurus (“Can you lend me twenty quid?”)

 

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Audio Samples

Listen to P.D.Q. Bach:  Liebeslieder Polkas:  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.”

P.D.Q. Bach:  Liebeslieder Polkas:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version

This Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version is made of excerpts from the following:  Capricorn (“When William the Conqueror was a child”), leitmotif, Libra (“Scales are very handy”), Scorpio (“When the Lord was handling weapons out”), and Pisces (“O holy mackerel”) from Twelve Quite Heavenly SongsInterlude;  It Was a Lover and His Lass;  To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time;  Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?;  To His Coy Mistress;  The Passionate Shepherd To His Love;  The Constant Lover;  Farewell, Ungrateful Traitor;  Who Is Sylvia? from Liebeslieder Polkas.

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