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Wurst of Pdq Bach (Audio Cassette) [Import]

Pdq Bach , Peter Shickele Audio Cassette
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recaptured (Twisted) Youth March 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
My friend and I saw the good Prof. Schickele here in Pasadena last night (March 29th-- AND the conductor of the Pasadena Symphony is Jorge Meister!)-- and the last number on the program was the WONDERFUL "The Seasonings"-- I had a very hard time even after all these years of first hearing this on a REAL record of not singing along with every little tune!!! This piece last night, being sung by singers whom I do not doubt were not even born when I first heard a recording of it, were as good as the ones I remember from my decadent youth on the original recording. Buy this C.D. if only for this piece!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I store it in the CD changer in my car. Oct. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
My favorite single line of music from this is from "The Unbegun Symphony". Who would think to combine "You are my sunshine", a
tune I have always thought of as sappy sweet, played on violins,
with a background of horns, (I don't know what piece, but it
makes me thing of something noble and civilized) making it a
definitive statement of a benevolent sense of life.
PDQ Bach's other works are delighfully absurd, as are Peter
Schickele's commentaries. (Well I have a new set of friends now)
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Horizons in Music Appreciation Indeed... Aug. 7 2002
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It was while sitting in Music Appreciation in college that I was first introduced to the work of P.D.Q. Bach, specifically the track "New Horizons in Music Appreciation: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony," in which Professor Peter Schickele and Robert Dennis serve as the announcers for a spirited game involving the first movement of that particular work. Not only was it funny ("He's playing a cadenza! He's out of his mind! He thinks its an oboe concerto!") it was also more informative than the professor ("I get the feeling we are going to hear a lot of that four note motif, Bob").
One of the things about P.D.Q. Bach is that the more I learned about classical music the funnier I found it. Yes, I have enough memories of my mother insisting on playing the Texaco Opera quiz throughout the house on a Saturday afternoon to appreciate why "What's my Melodic Line?" and its exploration of the mysteries of the Baroque is funny, but it was not until I saw "Amadeus" and listened to "The Marriage of Figaro" that I understood why the recitatias in the Cantata "Iphigenia in Brooklyn" were hysterical (I was tempted to share this story of Iphigenia with my Classical Mythology class, but given their tentativeness to explore Euripides I did not think it wise to have them get neck deep in Schickele). Then again, the Madrigal "My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth" really needs no explanation, so there is something for everybody here, no matter what you level of understanding of classical music.
In discussing the works of P.D.Q. Bach with others it becomes clear that you can no more put together an idea collection of his "best" work than you can for lesser composers like Mozart or Beethoven. But you are certainly going to find a few old favorites and maybe one or two pieces that you have hitherto managed to avoid.
Now, if we can only get a University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople t-shirt...
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Music Lovers: But Not Serious Ones May 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was exposed to PDQ Bach (and Spike Jones) in my formative years, which my children now claim may explain a few things. The CD I purchased from Amazon dot com recently is an upgrade/replacement for the old LP album by this title, which I still have. Peter Schickele has a marvelous comic sense, an obviously deep knowledge of Western music traditions, and very little of the "dignity" which I used to associate with Classical Music.
This album, and indeed all of Peter S's works, are not for those who reverence the classics. It is, however, for anyone who enjoys music: and even more for those who know just enough to appreciate the wild gags Schickele planted here and there.
A parting thought: I've used Schickele's 1712 Overture as a teaching tool, to introduce some of my children to music theory and orchestral composition. (With my relative lack of background, I need all the help I can get.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for the ages: An Introduction to PDQ Bach Nov. 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
This was my very first PDQ Bach album, and still my favorite.
Thanks Kevin!!! There are things here that Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach's ghost composer) has never equalled, at least not in the few other records that I have heard or own.
For first-timers: this is an excellent introduction to PDQ Bach. The trouble with some of the other collections is that they don't have the broad variety that this one has. (And the laugh track--yes, there is one--does add to it.)
Many of the jokes are better enjoyed by people familiar with the warhorses of classical music: Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and so forth. (But sometimes just listening to Schickele cracks me up.)
Quite honestly, PS's humor is rather eccentric. It ranges from subtle to heavy-handed to over-the-top, but once you've heard it, you need to keep hearing it every once in a while. For instance, the aria "Now is the season" from the Seasonings pops into my head for no reason at all, and then keeps running through my head for a week. (Incidentally, this aria is beautiful, and belongs in the Soprano/Mezzo-soprano repertoire. It is a spoof of Scarlatti-era arias--or is it Purcell?--and PS has got the harmonies just right. Hey, if I was a Soprano, I'd sing it!)
I own the double-LP (a beautifully produced set on Vanguard; the CD can't possibly match it in style!) and have been searching for the CD for years, and never thought to look here!
If you like PDQ Bach, this album is an excellent introduction to PDQ Bach for your friends (and enemies).
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5.0 out of 5 stars PDQ BACH RULES
I own this album, and I love it. This is possibly one of the funniest things in existence. PDQ Bach (Peter Schickele) is like Wierd Al for classical music. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2001 by Amber Loranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical music can be fun
I'm a high school music teacher and am always looking for ways to make music class a little more interesting. Read more
Published on July 23 2001 by Jeffrey M. Tedford
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I ever miss this...
You can imagine me riding in my Honda with orchestral favorites streaming into my 'travel capsule' courtesty of my local 'Classical Music' radio station... Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by Thomas J. Brucia
5.0 out of 5 stars This wurst is absolutely the best!
I've chuckled, chortled, giggled and guffawed over this album since I first heard it in 1975, courtesy of my choral instructor in high school. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2000 by Irene Ulrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Ru-u-u-u-u-unning Nose!
PDQ Bach is a satire of serious classical music. By twisting words from opera, or leaving key chords unresolved, or making musicians play their mouthpiece without benefit of the... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2000 by Bryan Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars He really flubbed that note...
This is a must-have for connoisseurs of the astutely ridiculous. Beethoven's Fifth with baseball-style commentary, a piece played on double reeds without the benefit of actual... Read more
Published on July 5 2000 by Boreonterra
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE this title!
This is a particularly dangerous album; be warned. They start you with this CD, then before you know it, you're buying recording after recording of PDQ Bach and Peter Schickele. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2000 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Goodness!
The first time I heard this, I couldn't help thinking, "What IS this?" Now I just lapse into hysterical laughter. Read more
Published on June 2 1999
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