Peter Schickele on the Radio, over the Internet, and in Concert
(posted December 8, 2007)
A live interview with Peter Schickele will be
broadcast in the New York City area and over the internet on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer on Tuesday, December 11th, 2007. The
show runs from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Mr. Schickele is scheduled for
the second segment of the show, where he will be able to talk about the
new CD and his
upcoming December 16th concert
with the Westchester Philharmonic in Purchase, New York. The link for
listening over the internet is http://www.wnyc.org/ and the link for listening over the New York air
waves is 93.9 FM. They even may be able to play selections from
the new CD on the show.
Another radio program that even may play selections from the new CD is
NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday on December 9th. Their Senior
Producer and Music Director Ned Wharton is going to announce his picks for a
seasonal CD gift guide during the Director’s Cuts segment, and we
have good reason to suspect that maybe one of his picks for a possible
recommended CD perhaps just might be—oh, alright, they told us—will be
P.D.Q. Bach & Peter Schickele: The
Jekyll & Hyde Tour. Check local listings for your local NPR
broadcast of Weekend Edition Sunday or try out that WNYC link at
http://www.wnyc.org/ sometime between
8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on December 9th, 2007.
Another way that the latest P.D.Q. Bach CD is infiltrating the internet is a
new behind-the-scenes video that Telarc put together and posted on YouTube.
Details about and the direct link to the video can be found on
the P.D.Q. Bach & Peter
Schickele: The Jekyll & Hyde Tour page.
And speaking of the December 16th
Westchester Philharmonic concert—yes we were, back up in the
first paragraph—these home page announcements have
been remiss in not pointing out sooner that the 2007-2008 concert season has
been posted on the concert schedule page.
This is particularly bothersome when you consider that the other concert
taking place in December occurs tonight, so if you’re going to get to
Woodstock, New York in time for that, you’ll need to start driving right
away. But be sure to read the rest of the
Winter 2008 season for some
concerts that you really can get to on time.
P.D.Q. Bach CD 7 (posted October 29, 2007)
The release date for CD 7 is almost here! On November 13, 2007, the
long-awaited seventh and most recent P.D.Q. Bach CD on Telarc will become
available around the country. Many eager fans are already lining up at
CD stores to pick up their copies of P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele:
The Jekyll & Hyde Tour as soon as they go on sale at midnight.
P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll & Hyde Tour
picks up the story right where it left off in CD 6 (P.D.Q.
Bach And The Short-Tempered Clavier). Prof. Schickele has
returned for another year at Hoople’s school of music and musicolology to
finally uncover the mystery of the most misunderstood composer of all time,
He-Whose-Music-Must-Not-Be-Played. This time the psychic connection
between Bach and Schickele threatens to corrupt Schickele’s own music as
well. Will the forces of enlightenment win out? Is Prof. S.
working for good or evil? Find out on November 13th in
The Jekyll & Hyde Tour CD.
To get this CD as soon as possible, see if you can find a local music
store that is holding a “Midnight Music” party and stay up late the evening
of November 12th until the CD becomes available at the witching hour.
Or if all of your local music stores have more sense than that,
preorder it right now right from
this very Web site. That way the new CD will be shipped on November
13th, the exact moment that it becomes available, and will show up in your
mailbox a safe length of time thereafter.
And while you are waiting for the new CD to arrive, you can get a taste
of the adventures to come by listening to these never-before-released
audio excerpts from the CD.
Spoiler Alert! Although widely reported that two major
characters die during the storyline of The Jekyll & Hyde Tour, if you
don’t want to know about the fate of King Louis XVI before listening to the
CD, do not listen to these
sample audio clips.
Summer Concerts (posted August 10, 2007)
As faithful followers of this space are aware, Mr. Schickele’s usual
touring season runs from January through May, and sometimes spills over into
December and June. However, occasional concerts outside of these dates
are not unheard of, so you might have heard of Mr. Schickele’s upcoming
residency at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival at the end of August.
This festival, created by Jon Kimura Parker (as seen and even heard on the
Two Pianos Are Better Than One
CD), includes two weeks of chamber music concerts, the last week of which
has a concert including rarely heard Schickele pieces every night of the
week. If you attend all of these concerts, you can hear Mr. Schickele
narrating Three Strange Cases (his setting of Ogden Nash poems) and
The Emperor’s New Clothes (his adaptation of the classic children’s
tale), plus hear performances of Morning Music for piano four hands,
several other short Schickele pieces, and finally the world premiere of Music for Orcas Island, for piano, violin, viola and cello, written to
celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Festival.
The festival is very out-of-the-way—Orcas Island is part of the San Juan
Islands off the coast of northern Washington state—but that works out fine
for a concert series that takes place during the summer holidays. The
concerts take place every day from August 26th through September 1st, so
stay for the whole week, or check the details on the updated
concert schedule page to choose which concert to
attend. You can even do some whale watching while taking the ferry to
Or for people who are not spending August traveling across the country
and beyond, but instead are spending their vacation at home listening to the
radio, this month WITF will be rebroadcasting their edition of Composing Thoughts, where
Mr. Schickele spent an hour talking to host John Clare in depth about various composition- and
Pennsylvania-related topics. If you missed the original broadcast last
May, here’s another chance to listen in over the Web at
http://azulweb.streamguys.com/witf/witf.asx. The program will be
broadcast on WITF at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, August 12th.
More details about the program can be found at
http://composingthoughts.blogspot.com/ including the most complete
detail of all: a downloadable podcast of the program.
End of Schickele Mix Broadcasts
(posted June 29, 2007)
Public Radio International is going to discontinue distributing Schickele Mix programs to public radio stations on July 1, 2007.
This will mark the end of an era, as many listeners across the country have
been informed, enlightened, and entertained by Peter Schickele’s musical
explorations across numerous musical styles and forms for the past 15 years.
The funding for producing new programs actually ran out in the late 1990’s,
but PRI continued making repeat broadcasts of the program available to reach
new audiences for many years. With only a limited number of programs
available for repeat broadcasts, many public radio stations stopped airing
Schickele Mix after many of the programs had been repeated more than
five times. Although there were still some radio stations and
listeners hearing Schickele Mix for the first time, PRI has been
distributing the program for about as long as it possibly could without
funding being available.
Unfortunately, it is still not possible to produce CD’s or podcasts of Schickele Mix due to the large amounts of copyrighted music used on the
program. It would require being able to hire a full time person just
to track down and negotiate the rights to use the music for these purposes.
This Web site will continue to make available the searchable
database of program playlists listing all of the music presented on the
program, for historical and nostalgic purposes, but it is not possible to
include the programs themselves.
Thank you for listening to Schickele Mix all of these years.
You’re looking good.
Radio Interview and P.D.Q. Bach Sheet Music
(posted May 12, 2007)
We have just received word that tomorrow Peter Schickele is going to be a
guest on WITF’s radio program Composing Thoughts, where he will spend
an hour talking to host John Clare about various composition- and
Pennsylvania-related topics. Some people may remember John Clare from
when he hosted 20/20 Hearing out of Nevada a few years ago, and
others can find out more about his new program and even newer Peter
Schickele interview at
http://composingthoughts.blogspot.com/2007/05/schickele.html and then
listen in to the broadcast Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time by
going to http://azulweb.streamguys.com/witf/witf.asx.
We have also just received word that P.D.Q. Bach’s publisher, Theodore
Presser Company is marking the composer’s 200th anniversary year with a new
feature on their Web site, “The Dubious Works of P.D.Q. Bach,” containing
some background information on the history of publishing P.D.Q. Bach’s music
along with a complete list of that music which is available for purchase,
presented on two different order forms: one for ordering right
on-line, and one for printing out, which saves time by already containing
authentic coffee cup stains. This is the first time that it has been
so easy to find all of P.D.Q. Bach’s published sheet music in one place, and
one can only wonder why it has taken 200 years for this to happen, or one
can both wonder why and go to
http://www.presser.com/marketing/spotlite/pdqbach/pdq.htm to see for
Concert in Maryland and on Telarc
(posted April 22, 2007)
The latest new addition to the concert schedule is a real exciting event,
both for people near Owings Mills, Maryland and for people who have been
clamoring for a new P.D.Q. Bach CD for many years. Not only does the
concert include most of the repertoire from P.D.Q. Bach & Peter
Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour plus the complete P.D.Q.
Bach String Quartet in F major “The Moose”, the concert is being
recorded by Telarc International Corp. for a future CD release! Here
are some of the things that makes this concert and live recording so
|the first new P.D.Q. Bach recording since Telarc’s
Clavier CD 12 years ago|
|the first live P.D.Q. Bach recording in 30 years and the first one on Telarc ever|
|the first recording of the oft-requested Songs from Shakespeare
since a very rare 1990 cassette tape from Garrison Keillor’s radio program|
|the first P.D.Q. Bach recording to feature frequent co-conspirators David Düsing, Michèle
Eaton, and the Armadillo String Quartet|
The concert takes place on June 16, 2007, and ticket prices are an
amazing $10, less than the price of a CD, which could save you enough money
to cover the cost of driving out to Owings Mills, for you will surely not
want to miss this chance to witness history in the making. Then when
the CD comes out (no, I have no idea when) you’ll be able to say “I was
there and I saw the whole thing.” So be there and see the whole thing
by following the link on the concert
Armadillo String Quartet’s Annual Concert
(posted March 14, 2007)
The Armadillo String Quartet has just announced details about their Music by Peter Schickele concert for this year. This brings to a
total of 17 the number of years in a row that they have held this event.
As usual, the concert will be jam packed with, as the title suggests, music
by Peter Schickele, including both of his Quintets for Piano and Strings,
plus the West Coast Premiere of Chapbook, for piano 6 hands, and the
very first performance of After Hearing Bach, for oboe, violin, viola
and cello. As in some past years, this year’s concert will take place
at the California Institute of Technology in
Pasadena (April 9th) as well as
at a secret location in Brentwood
(April 7th). And as always, information about the concerts, with
times and links, has been added to our concert
schedule page and the Armadillo’s
very own page on this site.
Cabaret Songs in Stone Ridge, Christmas Music in the Archives
(posted February 28, 2007)
A late entry to the concert schedule is
coming up next month, or later this week, however you want to look at it.
The exact date is March 3rd, the
even more exact time is 2:00 p.m., and the precise location is High Meadow
School in Stone Ridge, New York, in their new Performing Arts Center.
It is not clear whether this new Performing Arts Center was built
specifically for this performance, but the first concert listed on their
flyer is Peter Schickele’s Cabaret Song
Program, where he sings his own songs about life and other sundry
subjects with the harmonizing assistance of David Düsing. Because it
is a Saturday afternoon matinee, your children can come along to hear Mr.
Schickele sing about his children.
A late entry to the radio broadcast
archives page is Mr. Schickele’s recent December 23rd appearance on
Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. This “very special
mystery guest” appearance included the premiere of Joy to the World,
Especially Out of Work Musicians, an arrangement of Christmas melodies
for some of the less-frequently-heard musical instruments. This work
makes a good companion piece to P.D.Q. Bach’s Two and a Half Variations on “In Dulci
Jubilo,” which Prof. Schickele had premiered on the same radio
program exactly six years before. These two A Prairie Home
Companion listings now provide good bookends for our page of
radio broadcast archives, which lists
Mr. Schickele’s appearance on various radio programs, with links to where
audio from these appearances is archived on the World Wide Web for
convenient on-line listening.