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Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities
 
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Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities

P. (P.D.Q. Bach) Schickele Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CWP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. I. Prologue: Tragedy
3. Recitative: Well
4. II. Aria: Howdy There
5. Recitative: And It Wasn't Long
6. III. Duet: My Heart
7. Recitative: But
8. IV. Aria: You Murdered Your Father
9. Recitative: When Billie Jo Heard
10. V. Aria: Goodbye
11. Recitative: When Oedipus Heard
12. VI. Chorale And Finale
13. Introduction
14. Classical Rap
15. Introduction
16. I. Recitative: Knock, Knock
17. II. Recitative: How Many Psychiatrists
18. III. Recitative: What Is The Question?
19. VI. Recitative: So This Guy
20. Introduction
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarity in music October 24, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Virtually every CD that Peter Schickele has put out under the name of PDQ Bach has been absolutely hilarious. This is one of his best albums - it will have you in stitches in no time flat.
"Oedipus Tex," the title piece, is a stunning parody of (of course) Sophocles "Oedipus Rex" - from the line "the gods are ticked off and now someone must pay" to the ending chorus of "the eyes of Texas are upon you" (set to the tune of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"), the piece is one of the funniest things I have ever heard.
"Classical Rap" - this track alone is worth the whole cost of the album. This "Yuppie" rap combines the stereotypes of rap music with Vivaldi and Bach, and has as its setting the upper West side of Manhattan.
"Knock Knock Cantata" - some of the worst jokes you'll ever hear set to some of the worst music you'll ever hear. The combination of text and setting is really hilarious - talk about form meeting content.
"Birthday Ode for Big Daddy Bach" - the more you know about music, the funnier this piece is.
BUY THIS CD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a PDQ junkie! August 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This was my first PDQ recording and it has kept me coming back for more.My father who hates music even LOVES it!It does take a special musician or music lover to appreciate the genius of such a man as Peter Shickele. Being a musician, I have performed numerous PDQ works in the past and they are extremely difficult.Oedipus Tex is by far the most ingenious album created, in my belief, in as far as its contents and musical professionalism.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Classics! August 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities is one of the must haves from PDQ Bach. This album has some of his best stuff on it including the title tracks and one of the funniest songs he has composed "classical rap" this is well worth one's time to check out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! June 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My two favorites on the cd are "Oedipus Tex" and "Classical Rap." To this day, however I can't even hear the name Vivaldi without giggling in remembrance of the record being scratched to the rhythm of Vivaldi's "Spring". Definitely one worth buying!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Laugh at it. Live with it. January 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Aficionados of choral music will find this work hilariously funny, punny as well as naughty. This was my first PDQ Bach recording purchase after having been introduced to the master's works in my college choir as we sang "My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth". Oedipus Tex is a gem with many hauntingly annoying words and tunes that revisit one's mental crannies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it really possible? March 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My absolute favorite portion of this recording is "Knock, Knock" a choral cantata. I'm trying to sell my director on this piece for our chamber group...have never sang PDQ before and know I would love it...for those of you who love classical music but sometimes get the feeling it's too serious...sit back, listen and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Best of Genre September 14, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The ode to Oedipus Tex is so filled with literary and music puns that it made my head spin. One of the funniest of all of Schickele's work, it makes one want Mr. Peter to turn his genius back on and create additional "operas" for the masses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun for both your funny bone and your brain!
Peter Schickele's compositions and recordings are often considered to be novelty recordings, but the quality of his compositions and arrangements is very good. Read more
Published 27 days ago by RangerDoug
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 3 months ago by MMW
5.0 out of 5 stars Peters Law license
This is a very funny album where Peter Schekele tries to get his law license back using cases that were brought before PDQ Bach most notably the case of Oedipus Tex but also humor... Read more
Published 20 months ago by christmas lover
5.0 out of 5 stars best "western" opera ever!
The mini-miester of Wien-on Riem has struck again! P.D.Q.(or prpfessor Shickele,if you like) has once again commited musical homicide. This is one of the best pieces ever. Read more
Published 21 months ago by jackrush
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny stuff
My son likes this kind of spoof and he likes classical so I thought I would give it a try.. He found it to be very funny and enjoyable to listen to.
Published 23 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent hilarity
Oedipus Tex is both my favorite Country/Western ballad and one of my favorite oratorios!
Classical Rap is, IMHO, the only Rap piece worth listening to. Read more
Published on August 8, 2002 by Scott Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant parody
Oedipus Tex is a brilliant parody... I had a teacher listen to it once and then it circulated around the entire English department. Read more
Published on October 15, 1999
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