The Many Faces of Peter Schickele
The One Face of P.D.Q. Bach
of P.D.Q. Bach compositions
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New recording available; piano concerto concert coming up
(posted April 21, 2019)
A new recording of Peter Schickele’s 2015 clarinet quintet Spring Forward has recently been released by Delos. The recording is by
clarinetist David Shifrin and the Miró Quartet, the very same team who performed the piece in a 2016 Phoenix, Arizona concert which was
featured on MPR’s Performance Today. The CD also contains clarinet quintet music by Richard Danielpour and Aaron Jay Kernis played by David Shifrin
with the Dover Quartet and the Jasper String Quartet, and is already starting to receive favorable reviews (for example, at
It is available from many fine retailers and also right off of the Peter Schickele Recordings page.
And this News page continues to announce new performances by pianist Jeffrey Biegel of
P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and
Orchestra as he takes this piece even farther around the globe.
The latest upcoming performance will be with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, conducted by Eero Lehtimäki, in Jyväskylä, Finland on May 8, 2019.
More information can be found on the Concert Listing page.
(posted November 25, 2018)
We’re thrilled to share the news that Peter is working on a MEMOIR! He has officially pulled up a chair and is recounting tales from throughout his life,
soon to become his first-ever autobiographical book. We don’t have a publication date yet, but stay tuned.
In other news, Peter is embracing SOCIAL MEDIA and has already started posting viola jokes and sharing photos and news on a new batch of platforms. Follow him
(and P.D.Q. Bach) using the links just above the news.
Also, be sure to use #pdqbach and #peterschickele on Instagram and Twitter to connect with other fans.
Last, but not least, we have a new feature we are working on adding to schickele.com, and we’re hoping you’ll help us test it out. It’s a DATABASE of all works by Peter Schickele,
Prof. Peter Schickele, and P.D.Q. Bach, and it’s searchable by instrument (even by those instruments only ever used by P.D.Q. Bach) and other categories.
If you’d like to help beta test the catalogue, drop a line to Schickele Webmeister (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll sign you up.
If you know anyone else who’d like to give it a test drive, feel free to pass this information along.
We at schickele.com and Peter’s social media sources are excited about everything that’s happening, and we look forward to seeing you online
and sharing more news as we have it.
Liebeslider Polkas in concert; Peter Schickele in pre-concert talk
(posted September 9, 2018)
In a recent announcement, Musica Viva NY has made it known that they have fearlessly scheduled selections from P.D.Q. Bach’s Liebeslider Polkas in their
concert of choral love songs, right alongside Johannes Brahms’ suspiciously similar Liebeslider Waltzes and Robert Schumann’s not nearly as similar Spanisches Liderspiel.
Before this happens, Peter Schickele will give a pre-concert talk that will hopefully explain how P.D.Q.’s piece for chorus and piano five hands ended up in
such elite company as Brahms and Schumann. Among the soloists in this concert is Michèle Eaton, who is also the off-coloratura soprano in the
P.D.Q. Bach touring programs. The concert will take place on September 23, 2018 in New York City’s historic All Souls Church on Lexington Avenue.
Mr. Schickele’s pre-concert talk will be at 4:00 p.m. in the Forrest Church Gallery, with the concert itself commencing at 5:00.
More information can be found on the Musica Viva NY website at
http://musicaviva.org/concert/songs-of-love/ and pretty much the same information can be found on
this very website’s Concert
Peter Schickele Speaking at Yale
(posted March 25, 2018)
It is just been announced that Peter Schickele will be speaking at the
Yale School of Music in
New Haven, Connecticut. His talk will cover many facets of a career
in music. The details of this event, with links for buying tickets, can be
found on the Yale site at
http://music-tickets.yale.edu/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=18179 and have
been hastily added to this website’s Concert
Concerts coming up; CD going away
(posted September 3, 2017)
The Silent Running soundtrack is back on the endangered list.
Just two announcements back (see below) was a report on how after more than
40 years of the LP recording of Mr. Schickele’s score for the 1972 science
fiction movie being out of print, Intrada had been able to release a CD of
the score. Now it looks like even the CD may become hard to find,
since supplies of this release are running low, with less than 125 remaining
on the CD company’s own site as of this posting. Anyone who had been
hoping for a CD reissue for all of these years should pick up a copy before
it is too late, by following the links on the Silent Running
Meanwhile, on the Concert
Listing page, continuing performances by pianist Jeffrey Biegel of
P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and
Orchestra have been scheduled through the 2017-2018 season
with additional orchestras that contributed to commissioning this large and
humorous work. The orchestras taking on the concerto this season are
the Empire State Youth Orchestras in Troy, New York on November 4, 2017;
the Arkansas Philharmonic in Bentonville, Arkansas on November 11, 2017;
the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, Texas on January 28, 2018; the
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Roseville, Minnesota on April 8, 2018;
and Orchestra Kentucky in Bowling Green, Kentucky on May 19, 2018.
Details on locations and tickets can be found on the updated Concert
Peter Schickele in Fargo
(posted March 15, 2017)
The upcoming (later this week) performances of P.D.Q. Bach’s Concerto
for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony
Orchestra will have a special guest: former Fargo resident and FMSO
bassoonist Peter Schickele. Not only will he be attending the performances
of this newly-discovered epic piano concerto played by Jeffrey Biegel on
March 18 and 19, he will also be guest speaker at “An Evening With Peter
Schickele: My Fargo Memoir” on March 17. This event will include hors
d’oeuvres, a question and answer session, a dessert and autograph reception,
and a chance to attend the dress rehearsal immediately following.
Details can be found on the Concert
Silent Running Soundtrack CD
(posted December 20, 2016)
More than 40 years after its original release on LP, Peter Schickele’s
score to the 1972 ecological science fiction movie Silent Running has
finally been reissued on CD. Credit goes to Intrada (see
in high quality movie soundtrack recordings, for working through the
quagmire of rights issues and technical problems that have kept this
oft-requested recording from reaching the public for so many years.
Unfortunately, years of effort have not been able to uncover the original
master tapes, so Intrada has used their technical wizardry to create the
best possible recording from a fresh copy of the LP. They have also
included a 20-page booklet detailing the background of this restoration
process, with photos from the film and a track-by-track analysis. This
CD is currently not available through the Peter Schickele Website, and it
may disappear again at some point, but for now it is finally available from
Intrada and other record dealers, and information on how to order this CD
can be found on the Silent Running
Concerto for Simply Grand Piano
(posted August 28, 2016)
The latest P.D.Q. Bach discovery, and in fact the largest P.D.Q. Bach
work to be discovered this century, is going to be receiving its premiere
performances this season. Pianist Jeffrey Biegel has arranged the
commission of this discovery by Prof. Schickele with the help of over a
dozen orchestras around the world, who will be performing it with him over
the next few years. The earliest of these performances are by the
Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Newton,
Massachusetts, the Austin Symphony, the
Traverse Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony,
Philharmonia Northwest, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra,
Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra. All of them are listed on the Concert Listing page,
with many details of time and place and ticket-buying.
Spring and Summer Concerts
(posted May 7, 2016)
A couple of new concerts appeared on the Concert Listing page for
Summer while everybody was distracted by Spring. The earliest, on
June 4, 2016, includes Mr.
Schickele participating in the massive
Choralfest USA at Symphony Space in New York
City, by joining The Canticum Novum Singers, director Harold Rosenbaum, and
members of Amor Artis in a performance of his comedic madrigal Go For
Broke. The latest, on August 5, 2016,
falls into the Shakespeare 400th Anniversary celebrations, this one on a
creek in the Catskill Mountains in a program called “Shakespeare on the Esopus”,
part of the Phoenicia International
Festival of the Voice in
Phoenicia, New York. Here
Peter Schickele, Michèle Eaton, and Brian Dougherty will perform Shakespeare
related music including Mr. Schickele’s Songs from Shakespeare, his
infamous settings of The Bard’s most famous speeches to 1950’s rock ‘n’
roll. By the time of that performance, the
Concert Listing page will have acquired
some information about Fall and the 2016/2017 season.
More Upcoming Concerts
(posted December 15, 2015)
The previously announced P.D.Q.
Bach: The Golden Anniversary concert in New York’s Town Hall later
this month has proven so popular that another performance has been added in
the same location the following night:
December 29, 2015. All of
the same stellar artists will be reprising their roles to give everybody who
couldn’t get a ticket to the first performance a chance to experience this
still once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza.
Looking farther ahead on the concert schedule, Mr. Schickele will also be
attending some performances of his chamber music this March. The Phoenix Chamber Music Society’s
Winter Festival 7 includes two concerts with Schickele music
in Phoenix, Arizona,
one of them on March 5, 2016
featuring the recent
Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
and the other a concert containing both Mr. Schickele and P.D.Q.
Bach pieces on March 8, 2016.
Then on March 20, 2016,
the Concord Chamber Music Society in Concord, Massachusetts presents an
all-Schickele concert including Music for Mary, After Hearing Bach, and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
More details on these concerts have been added to the
Concert Listing page to make the original
listing of P.D.Q. Bach: The
Golden Anniversary appear less lonely.
Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra CD
(posted November 21, 2015)
Peter Schickele’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra is now
available on CD, played by the very same bassoonist who first performed the
concerto back in 1999, George Sakakeeny. In this premiere
recording he is assisted by the Oberlin Orchestra, conducted by Raphael
Jiménez. The CD also includes contemporary bassoon music by Augusta
Read Thomas, Libby Larsen, and Russell Platt, and full information can be
found on the new Concerto for
Bassoon and Orchestra page, including track listings, audio samples,
and even a way to order your own copy.
Tickets Now On Sale
(posted November 17, 2015)
The Kickstarter Campaign for P.D.Q. Bach: The Golden Anniversary
has wrapped up with the campaign goal well exceeded, with great thanks to
the hundreds of people who pulled together to make this happen. For
anybody who did not get tickets to this December 28, 2015 concert at New
York City’s Town Hall through the Kickstarter Campaign, they are now
available at the box office (212-840-2824) and through Ticketmaster (http://ticketmaster.com/).
See the Concert Listing page for details.
The Golden Anniversary Concert Will Happen!
(posted October 31, 2015)
So many supporters signed up for the Kickstarter Campaign that the goal
was reached in half the time, which means that the 50th Anniversary Concert
will go on as hoped on December 28,
2015 at Town Hall in New York City! Much appreciation is extended
to everybody who has participated, or who helped spread the word by
forwarding emails or sharing Facebook posts.
Tickets are not yet on sale at the box office, but they are still
available through the Kickstarter campaign, along with all of the premiums,
including a new premium now that the concert is definite: the concert
poster, which is even available autographed by all of the major performers
in the concert. You can see what that poster looks like on the
concert listing page now, and there’s still
time to contribute to the campaign to nab any of these premiums or pre-sale
Golden Anniversary Concert Kickstarter Campaign
(posted October 11, 2015)
The latest entry to be added to the concert
listing page could be the finale to the 50th Anniversary season, a
tribute to both the first public P.D.Q. Bach Concert in New York City in
Town Hall 50 years ago and the almost unbroken 40-year run of annual
concerts in that city between Christmas and New Year’s, as this Golden
Anniversary concert is scheduled for both Town Hall and December 28, 2015.
But in order for this concert to take place, production costs must be raised
through a Kickstarter campaign. This campaign will kick off during the
next week, and will feature exclusive premiums ranging from University of
Southern North Dakota at Hoople bumper stickers and diplomas to personalized
rounds and house concerts by Peter Schickele himself. Details will be
provided soon, so watch this space,
“like” our Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialPDQBach, and tell all your friends.
Summer Music Festivals
(posted May 31, 2015)
Several concerts have been added to the concert listing pages featuring
Peter Schickele’s chamber music in the months of June and July. First
off is the world premiere of Mr. Schickele’s Percussion Sonata No. 3,
“Maverick”, for Maverick Concerts’ Centennial Season in Woodstock, New York
on June 27. This will be
performed by NEXUS, the same group who premiered and recorded his
Percussion Sonata No. 2 “Woodstock”.
Then on July 17th through 19th in Portland, Oregon, Chamber Music
Northwest’s Summer Festival features several concerts including Peter
Schickele’s music. It starts off with a gala benefit 80th Birthday
Bash featuring music of both P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele on
July 17th, and also includes a
children’s concert featuring Mr. Schickele’s The Emperor’s New Clothes
on July 18th, a lecture on
What’s So Funny About Music? on
July 19th, plus the world premiere of Mr. Schickele’s Quintet
for Clarinet and String Quartet on both
July 18th and
The Summer Music Festival season concludes with some Peter Schickele
music performed at The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice in Phoenicia, New
York, on July 31, about which
more details will be added later. Intermixed with these concerts of
Peter Schickele’s chamber music, the P.D.Q. Bach 50th Anniversary season
continues with performances of 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence
on June 13 in Quogue, New York
and 50 Years of
P.D.Q. Bach: As Good As He Ever Was
on July 12 in Brevard, North
New April Concerts and Interview
(posted April 1, 2015)
Two new upcoming concerts have been added to the
concert listing page’s April dates.
Included amongst them are this year’s Armadillo String Quartet’s annual
Music of Peter Schickele concert, which takes place on April 13, 2015 at
the First Congregational Church in
Los Angeles, California and will feature the traditional generous supply
of Mr. Schickele’s chamber music for strings and other instruments, in this
case an additional flute. Also included is Mr. Schickele appearance in
Fleischmanns, New York on April
26, 2015 as part of the series Spillian Sundays: Voices from the
Catskills. The concert listing page
now includes more details on both of these concerts, plus more details on
the previously mentioned VocalEssence concert in
Minneapolis, Minnesota on April
Then on April 24, 2015, the actual exact date of the 50th Anniversary of
P.D.Q. Bach concerts, in addition to the performance of
50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph
of Incompetence in
Morristown, New Jersey, Professor Schickele will also be the guest of
John Schaefer for an interview on WNYC. Details on how to listen in
will be available at http://www.wnyc.org
at that time, just as details for how to attend this concert on the actual
anniversary date are available on the concert
Two Peter Schickele Film Scores and a Podcast Interview
(posted February 19, 2015)
Two films from the mid-1960’s that include scores written by Peter
Schickele will be included in BAMcinématek’s Film Series Fog City
Maverick: The Films of John Korty at the Brooklyn Academy of Music:
Funnyman (1967) and The
Crazy Quilt (1965). The
screenings are at the BAM Rose Cinemas on February 25, 2015.
Funnyman can be seen at 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and The Crazy Quilt
can be seen at 7:00 p.m. John Korty will be on hand to introduce the
7:00 and 9:00 showings. For more information, see
or the concert listing page.
Almost 50 years after those films were made, September 26, 2014 to be
needlessly precise, Mr. Schickele was a guest on Jason Klamm’s podcast
Comedy on Vinyl, discussing early P.D.Q. Bach records that were released
on vinyl records. This can now be heard at
and is now listed on our archived radio
Fifty Photos for Fifty Years
(posted January 29, 2015)
To mark this season’s celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the
first public P.D.Q. Bach concert in 1965 and the many years of concert
touring in between, the curator has put together a photograph album covering
the entire range of these tours from the very beginning to the fairly
recent. Join in the celebration by strolling through this
glimpse into this amazing 50-year history and then check the
concert schedule to see which one of this
year’s Fiftieth Anniversary concerts is closest to you.
Two More Upcoming Concerts
(posted November 29, 2014)
Two more concerts have been added to the upcoming concert schedule while
nobody was watching. The first of these is coming up on
Friday, December 5, 2014, at The
College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey. The college’s choirs
and some of their instrumental groups will be playing a wide-ranging
selection of music from both P.D.Q. Bach and Mr. Schickele, with Mr.
Schickele on hand to introduce the pieces and sometimes join in the singing.
See the concert listing page for a complete
list of the pieces to be performed, along with more details on the location
and ordering tickets. On that same page also see that about six weeks
later (with the previously announced
Cape Cod Symphony New Year’s Day Party in between the two new events),
several of Mr. Schickele’s string quartets will be played in
Yakima, Washington on January 17,
2015. The performers include violinist Denise Dillenbeck, along
with some members of the Armadillo String Quartet: Armen Ksajikian and
Steve Scharf. And then we’re well into the new year, the 50th
Anniversary year, which already has several performances of
50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence
on the concert calendar.
Music from the latest CD, Live
(posted September 26, 2014)
Two announcements back, this news page introduced a
new CD of Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach piano music,
Morning Music, played by Laura
Leon. Now one of the selections from that CD, Mr. Schickele’s Small
Serenade, can be heard live in New York City, also played by Laura Leon.
The performance is part of a free concert for Composer’s Voice, their
4th Annual Children’s Month Concert, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 1:00
p.m., at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church on East 74th Street. You can find
out more about this concert on the Peter
Schickele Nonappearances page, or if you aren’t in New York City, you
can hear excerpts from this very same piece, in audio clips recently added
to the Morning Music CD page.
Peter Schickele Interview on Tom and Doug Show
(posted July 4, 2014)
Peter Schickele was recently a guest on several editions of The Tom and
Doug Show (http://www.tomanddoug.com/)
on KHOI-FM radio. The Tom and Doug Show that was broadcast earlier
this week featured a Peter Schickele interview which can be heard on their
recent podcasts page (http://www.tomanddoug.com/tndpodcasts.html)
for the next few weeks. In addition, a two-hour special edition of a
previous interview can be heard on their Peter Schickele Archive Page (http://www.tomanddoug.com/schickele.html).
In between those two programs, another Peter Schickele interview on an April
edition of the show has already been pushed off of their recent podcasts
page by more recent podcasts. But Tom and Doug have kindly given us
permission to link directly to all of these programs, so a complete list of
links to Peter Schickele appearances on The Tom and Doug Show can now be
found our newly updated Radio Broadcasts
2014-2015 Concert Season and New CD
(posted June 15, 2014)
As promised in the previous announcement below, the
concert listing page has been updated with
the newly scheduled concerts, not only for the Summer of 2014, but also for
the 2014-2015 concert season. This season will feature several
performances around the country of
50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence,
a celebration of the 50 years that have passed since Professor Peter
Schickele released P.D.Q. Bach on an unsuspecting musical public. Before
then, coming up later this week, Peter Schickele will be
composer-in-residence at the Great
Lakes Chamber Music Festival on the East side of Michigan from June 19
through June 23. See the concert listing page
for the complete list of concert dates with helpful information and links
for ordering tickets.
And as not promised in the previous announcement below, the
Peter Schickele recordings page has
been updated with information about an exciting new CD release, Morning
Music, containing solo piano music by both Peter Schickele and P.D.Q.
Bach never before recorded but now played by Laura Leon, plus a couple of
piano four hands pieces. This CD is the largest recording of Peter
Schickele piano music ever made, so see the complete track listing on the
new Morning Music page,
or even order the CD right off of
that very same page.
(posted February 12, 2014)
The new season of P.D.Q. Bach concerts is taking longer to arrange than
expected. It was hoped that by this time we could have announced
several concerts scheduled for the last half of the 2013-2014 season, but
with concert seasons being scheduled more than a year ahead of time, there
was not enough time to schedule much for early 2014. But there has
been enough time to arrange some concerts for the 2014-2015 season and we
will certainly have some specific concerts to announce before next year at
In the mean time, there is at least one concert where Mr. Schickele’s
music will being performed during the current season: February 18,
2014 at Georgia Southern University, where Linda Cionitti will be playing
the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra with the Georgia Southern
Symphony. The concert page includes details about this concert and
also about the new P.D.Q. Bach programs that will be available next season,
plus a promise to update the concert listing page as
soon as a few more scattered concerts are added during the Spring of 2014.
Music and Beyond Festival
(posted May 30, 2013)
Two appearances at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa have just been
announced. The first is a Saturday evening performance on
July 6, 2013 of
The “What’s Your Sign?” Tour,
featuring the same cast that will be touring with this show in the upcoming
2013-2014 season (see information below). Following that, on the
Sunday afternoon of July 7, 2013,
this Ottawa Festival will also host a complete program of Peter Schickele
chamber music, scheduled to include String Quartet No. 3 “The Four
Seasons” and Quintet No. 2 for piano and string quartet.
Both of these concerts have been added to the
concert listing page, with links to more information including the
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast in Philadelphia
(posted May 20, 2013)
On July 24, 2013, the Philadelphia Orchestra is devoting an entire summer
concert to sports, combining “Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, and
Union...best sports moments on a giant video screen set to classical music’s
greatest hits” and fittingly a featured work on the program is the ultimate
in combining sports and classical music’s greatest hits: “New Horizons in
Music Appreciation” (Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast). Prof.
Schickele will be calling the play-by-play, while "Voice of the Eagles,"
Merrill Reese provides the color commentary, the Philadelphia, conducted by
Steven Reineke, provides the Beethoven, and Elliott Forrest (Jocko from
P.D.Q. Bach: WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk
Radio) provides the concert’s giant sports videos. And then
there are fireworks. See the
concert listing page for more information and links to the Mann Center.
Annual Armadillo String Quartet Concert
(posted April 28, 2013)
The Armadillo String Quartet continues their series of annual Music of
Peter Schickele concerts on June 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s offering
includes two (depending on how you count) word premieres, including the
Serenade for String Trio and String Quintet No. 2, in addition to
old favorites String Quartet No. 1 “American Dreams”, and Top o’
the Millennium for 2 violas. As is often the case in these cases,
the concert will take place at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena,
California, which can be found at the address on the
concert listing page.
2013-2014 Concert Tour
(posted February 18, 2013)
After three years with no regular concert tours of P.D.Q. Bach and Peter
Schickele music, the good professor is hitting the road again. He’s
bringing back both of the notorious chamber music programs that combined
P.D.Q. Bach discoveries and Peter Schickele compositions,
The Jekyll and Hyde Tour and
The What’s Your Sign? Tour, and
has reassembled the cast of characters that have brought this music to life:
off-coloratura soprano Michèle Eaton, tenor profundo Brian Doughterty,
keyboarder Margaret Kampmeier (for The What’s Your Sign? Tour), and
stage manager William Walters. The tour will take place during the
2013-2014 season, so the time to start booking the concerts into your local
theaters is now. Information about these concerts can be found on the
concert listing page, complete with lists
of pieces to be performed, audio clips, performer biographies, and contact
information for the booking agent.
Also on the concert listing page are the
latest last-minute but short-notice updates to the 2012-2013 concert
calendar. This includes two different concerts featuring veteran
P.D.Q. Bach musicians playing Mr. Schickele’s music. The first of
these feature Jorge Mester, conductor of the very first public P.D.Q. Bach
concerts and several of the December concerts in New York city, this time
conducting the Louisville Orchestra in Mr. Schickele’s Concerto for
Chamber Orchestra at Whitney
Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Schickele will be on hand for a
pre-concert chat with Maestro Mister Mester for this concert, coming up
quickly on February 21 and 22, 2013, and followed closely thereafter by
February 23, 2013, when Bargemusic
in New York City will be the location for Alaria to play Mr. Schickele’s
Piano Trio “Alaria” on a floating barge in Brooklyn just under the
Brooklyn Bridge. Alaria, whose piano player David Oei was an original
member of The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach concert tours in the 1970’s,
commissioned this work and premiered it just over a year ago. Those
who missed the piece the first time around can find out more about it on the
concert listing page, just after
the information about the 2013-2014 concert season offerings.
Prairie Home Companion Appearance
(posted November 27, 2012)
Peter Schickele will be appearing on A Prairie Home Companion with
Garrison Keillor on Saturday, December 1. This program will be
broadcast live on American Public Media (see
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/ for details) and can also be seen in
person at Town Hall in New York (also see
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/ for details). Mr. Schickele
will be presenting Joy To The World, Especially Out Of Work Musicians,
a Suite For Six Gig-Impaired Musicians: Piccolo, English Horn, E-flat
Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Contrabassoon, and Gong. Also
appearing on the same program with Peter will be The Bacon Brothers, which
is sure to improve Peter’s score when playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
A Year in the Catskills CD
(posted July 15, 2012)
The Blair Woodwind Quintet has not only commissioned a Peter Schickele
woodwind quintet, they have also recorded the work along with several other
pieces Peter Schickele pieces featuring woodwinds, and has also made the CD
available for purchase right off of this very Web Site. The new piece
and the CD are both called A Year in
the Catskills and evoke the feeling of four months spent in the
Catskills Mountains, plus a finale. Other works on the CD include What Did You
Do Today at Jeffey’s House for French horn and piano, Dream Dances
for flute, oboe, and cello, Gardens for
oboe and piano and
Diversions for oboe, clarinet and
bassoon, works that have been sometimes heard on the radio (the first one
and part of the second were heard on NPR’s From The Top) and
sometimes in hard-to-find CDs (the third one) or LPs (the fourth), but have
never before been collected together in one easy-to-play CD. It is
also easy to order, right from the same
place where you can find complete track listings and sample audio clips.
The Rest of the 2011-2012 Concert Season
(posted April 17, 2012)
Three more concerts were recently added to the Concert Schedule
page, thus rounding out the current season. It may be noted that this
is a much smaller number of concerts than may be remembered from many past
years’ concert seasons, and in fact Peter Schickele is winding down the
amount of concert touring he is doing. He has written a note that
talks about this change and his future plans, which can be found on
the page where we will continue to post details
on those concerts that have been scheduled...
...like the next installment of the Armadillo String Quartet’s annual
“Music by Peter Schickele” concert. This year, the 22nd one, takes
place on April 23 in Pasadena,
California and includes
guest artists and pianists Joanne Pearce Martin and Gavin Martin and the
world premiere of String Quartet No. 6 “Shadow Mountain” and the West
Coast premiere of Piano Trio “Alaria”, part of a full evening of
Peter Schickele music introduced by the composer himself...
...who will also be on hand for some events over the summer in the
mountains of New York. The Woodstock Beat benefit concert this year
will feature a retrospective of the works of Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach
on in Woodstock, New York on July 21:
Byrdcliffe Presents: The Woodstock Off-Beat: The Musical Life of Peter
Schickele. And two of Mr. Schickele’s larger choral works will be
included in The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice on
August 5 in Phoenicia, New York: Concerto for Piano
and Chorus “The Twelve Months” and Go for Broke, a Comedy for
Chorus. More information about all of these events and the concert
scene can be seen at the usual location.
Annual Bearsville Theater Show and TV Broadcast of Classical Comedy
(posted December 3, 2011)
The sixth annual edition of the
Holiday Trainwreck, where Peter Schickele shares the stage with Gilles
Malkine and Mikhail Horowitz at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, New
York, has been scheduled for
December 10th at 8:00 p.m. This year Peter’s music will be
performed with the assistance of singers Elizabeth Farnum, Alexandra Sweeton,
Brian Dougherty, and Lewis White. Those who have attended some of the
previous year’s shows will know what to expect, and everybody else can find
out all about it on the new Holiday
Trainwreck page and then still not know what to expect.
Meanwhile, the WQXR Classicial Comedy Contest, where last month Peter was
one of the judges at the Caroline’s on Broadway comedy club, has been turned
into a 1-hour television program that will be broadcast on New York area
public radio stations Thirteen WNET and WLIW21. These broadcasts are
scheduled at disparate times on
December 9th, December 10th,
and December 9th again,
including, in true comedy club fashion, a
midnight show. Even
though this is now a television broadcast, you can still find the details on
the Concert Schedule page, including the
specific broadcast times on each network.
"Alaria" Piano Trio World Premiere
(posted November 7, 2011)
The next concert to be added to the 2011-2012 Concert Season is presented
by Alaria and includes the world premiere of the Piano Trio that Peter
Schickele has written for them. The concert will take place at Weill
Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 4, 2011.
Performing the work will be members of Alaria including pianist David Oei, who was one of the original cast members of the Intimate P.D.Q.
Bach touring program way back in the 1970’s and on the
record album (as such things were
called way back in the 1970’s) of the same name. Along with the
premiere of Mr. Schickele’s Piano Trio, the group will also be playing works
by Beethoven and Shostakovich. See the newly doubled-in-size list of
concerts on the Concert Schedule
page for details.
The First Hint of the 2011-2012 Concert Season
(posted September 10, 2011)
Even though the 2011-2012 Concert Season may have fewer events than in
many previous years, some of the information about upcoming events has
started to trickle in. Actually, most of the events are still in the
planning stages and will be announced later in the season, but one of them
is now listed on the concert calendar page ahead of
all of the others because it contains a deadline that is coming up soon.
Radio station WQXR has organized a Classical Comedy Contest where
contestants can present their classical comedy acts before a panel of judges
and a live audience for a chance to win fame, glory, and a prize package.
Peter Schickele will be one of the judges at this event on
November 8, 2011 at famous
comedy club Carolines on Broadway as part of the New York Comedy Festival.
Will you be one of the contestants? Read the contest rules on how to
submit your own classical comedy video (before the deadline of October 10,
2011) at http://www.wqxr.org/comedy.
Yet Another Concert Update
(posted May 15, 2011)
Yet another concert has been added to the 2010-11 concert season, and
also to the Armadillo String Quartet’s series of annual Music by Peter
Schickele concerts. In fact, this bring to 21 the total number of
consecutive years that the Armadillo String Quartet has presented evenings
of chamber music jam packed with Peter Schickele compositions with the
composer on hand to introduce them. This year’s offerings include the
world premiere of Music for Judy for trumpet and string quartet
along with other pieces for trumpet or string quartet or parts of string
quartets. As in many previous years, the concert will take place at
the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, California, this time on May 23 at
8:00 p.m. See full details on the
concert calendar page.
Another Concert Update
(posted January 29, 2011)
Another concert has been added to the 2010-11 concert season, this one
also at Symphony Space and also where Mr. Schickele will be in attendance
but not performing. The performer will be Danielle Farina, former
violist with the Lark Quartet, and the piece will be Mr. Schickele’s
Mountain Music II for Viola and Piano, and the date will be
February 7. More
information and links to the Symphony Space site can be found on the
concert calendar page.
Peter Schickele/P.D.Q. Bach Web Site has been honored with a “Cool Site”
award by the Open Directory Project.