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P.D.Q. Bach: Music for an Awful Lot of Winds & Percussion

P.D.Q. Bach , Peter Schickele , Lowell Graham , National Symphonic Winds , David McGill , Ronald Bishop , Tennessee Bassoon Quartet Audio CD
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  • Performer: David McGill, Ronald Bishop, Tennessee Bassoon Quartet
  • Orchestra: National Symphonic Winds
  • Conductor: Peter Schickele, Lowell Graham
  • Composer: P.D.Q. Bach, Peter Schickele
  • Audio CD (September 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CYJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. I. Grand Entrance
3. II. Simply Grand Minuet
4. III. Romance In The Grand Manner
5. IV. Rondo Mucho Grando
6. Introduction
7. I. Mr. Minuit's Minuet - David McGill
8. II. Panther Dance - David McGill
9. III. Dance Of The Grand Dams - David McGill
10. IV. The Lowland Fling - David McGill
11. Introduction
12. I. Maestoso Animoso
13. II. Daintissimo
14. III. Allegro, But Not Too Mucho
15. IV. Molto Moderato
16. V. Vivace Cucarace
17. VI. Moving Right Alongo
18. Introduction
19. Lip My Reeds
20. Door Prize Scene
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The consummate Schicekle January 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This isn't the old PDQ Bach, e.g., Concerto for Horn and Hardart--which was also good. It's "evolved," insofar as PDQ Bach is capable of evolution...
When my wife gave this to me for Christmas, I turned it on and thought it was a live performance, like the first albums--and like the Schickele performances we've happily attended. It took a few seconds to realize that it was a mock performance, of the Turtle Mountain Naval Base Tactical Wind Ensemble (who are also, as announced by Professor Schickele, busy protecting North Dakota from naval attack, a clever comment making the CD all the more worth it!) at a convenient North Dakota location.
As a Wagnerian, I was attracted to "Last Tango in Beyreuth," the last musical number on the CD. If I may paraphrase Schickele's statement of a long time ago, when you listen to it, be prepared to hear things you've heard before (PDQ's real talent having been in plagiarism, after all.)
And, since Schickele was a bassoon major, it's amusing that he picks on that instrument--for perhaps the best piece ever composed for bassoon and tuba. Then there are the pieces by the Tennessee Bassoon Quartet, an ensemble for which there are surely limited venues...
I heard one of PDQ's other numbers, Concerto for Two Piano's vs. Orchestra a few years ago. Schickele gave an hysterical historical presentation on that piece. I talked with him about it afterwards and suggested that too be put onto a CD. He said in essence that the market may not have room for it these days; renouned violinists and pianists are not sellable these days. That's distressing as Schickele's comedy form is beyond genius, and unique. So, while you can, listen to what's available. This is a gem!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical and not at all Esoterical January 5, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
P.D.Q. Bach brings a funny irreverance to his subject material that is charming. He is at times on NPR (National Public Radio) and if you've ever heard him, you know what I mean. He obviously is an expert in his field, but he is outrageously funny in his parodies of famous music. Who would have thought one could bring a sense of humour to Wagner? Get this cd - or anything by PDQ - and I guarantee you're in for some laughs. You may even learn something!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is music, and then there is PDQ Bach September 18, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Once again Prof. Peter Schickele dons his crash helmet in an attempt to enlighten us to the works of that epic nadir of talent, PDQ Bach. This time by using the combined might of the Turtle Mountain Tactical Woodwind Company (the Nat'l Woodwind Company in a clever disguise) to subject us to seriously massive music which could easily be used to do something which the Geneva Convention prohibits. Glorious. Johan-Bob sez 2 thumbs up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music at its best! June 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a high school musician, I have played the piece Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion. Playing it was so much fun and listening to it was too. I'm sure everyone else who listens to this music will enjoy it just as I have. Just imagine a large wind ensemble, serious as can be, playing Grand Serenade!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GANGWAY! HERE COMES P.D.Q. BACH! August 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Peter Schickele shows no mercy in this batch of racous, almost toonish, music, guaranteed get the blood pumping and laughs flowing
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be taken seriously... October 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"P. D. Q. Bach. The last and least of J. S. Bach's twenty-odd children (and by far the oddest), this composer would have passed into the mists of oblivion were it not for the determined efforts of the Music Department at the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople, directed by Professor Peter Schickele.
This disc, played by the Turtle Mountain Naval Base Tactical Wind Ensemble with some help from the astounding Tennessee Bassoon Quartet, was made during a concert at the University and is introduced by Professor Schickele. The event was clearly organised as an attempt at making the music of P. D. Q. Bach accessible to regular concert goers. It did not succeed: as the intermittent speech between items shows, the programme of P. D. Q. Bach's various works for wind orchestra and percussion managed to drive away not only most of the audience but even the orchestra. Furthermore, the music itself is shambolic: a complete waste of time that makes one wonder how Professor Schickele ever managed to get it published."
Actually, I only half-meant what I said above. This really is the ultimate in what is known as the letting down of hair amongst musicians: every so often, even the most serious of concert performers love to play something that is light-hearted and to be taken simply at face-value, without stuffy programme notes or flambuoyant virtuosity. And P. D. Q. Bach's music, faithfully "edited" by Peter Schickele, is not just light-hearted: it's downright flippant! This disc is a superb pick-me-up in cheerless moments, an entertaining fifty-odd minutes of musical mayhem pushed to interesting and comical limits, and an excellent gift for any musical members of the family who want to add a bit of zest to any classical music collection.
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