March 31, 1991 |
It is 30 minutes before curtain with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Peter Schickele is in his dressing room, rehearsing lines sotto voce and writing notes. "As I get older, I have to write these things bigger and bigger," Schickele sighs. "And your handwriting is getting worse and worse," adds Bill Walters, Schickele's longtime stage manager and straight man. "That's not possible," Schickele retorts. The sight is subtly incongruous.
February 9, 1990 |
Trust Peter Schickele, musical funster and alter ego of the mythical P.D.Q. Bach, to prove that the long-lost art of improvisation is, well, lost. When his big moment came to play a created-on-the-spot cadenza in P.D.Q.'s "Fantasieshtick" for Piano and Orchestra Wednesday at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Schickele paused, hesitated, mused, agonized, ventured some possibilities in the air and finally threw in the towel.
March 27, 1999 |
Period instruments will resound during most of the 19th annual Baroque Music Festival Corona del Mar, to be held June 20-27 at two locations: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and the Sherman Library and Gardens. The festival will open June 20 at 4 p.m. at St. Michael with festival director Burton Karson conducting works by Corrette, Sammartini and Vivaldi. Marianne Pfau will be the recorder soloist in a rarely heard concerto for soprano recorder by Sammartini.
March 14, 2002 |
Scale isn't everything, even in opera. What this weekend's Ventura College Opera Workshop program lacks in grandness, it makes up for in resourcefulness and daring. It will present a pair of fully staged, compact comic operas, plucked from wildly different sources. Mozart's "The Impresario" is a satire of the music business (a ripe target even in the 18th century), about feuding divas. From a more recent vintage and an odd corner of the music world comes "Oedipus Tex," by P.D.Q. Bach--a.k.a.
November 23, 1986 |
For more than 20 years, Peter Schickele has been exhuming the comically inept compositions of P.D.Q. Bach and feeding them to a public that seemingly can't get enough of such tasteless morsels as the "Sanka" Cantata and the Schleptet. On Tuesday night, the bearded musical satirist once again offers some of his "discoveries" at a Los Angeles Philharmonic-sponsored concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
February 8, 1990 |
Peter Schickele is the 20th Century's preeminent case of musical schizophrenia: two distinct composers forced to inhabit the same person. The serious Schickele turns out commissions with respectable titles such as String Quartet No. 3, "Monochrome VI" and "Dream Dances" for flute, oboe and cello. The other Schickele--who uses the name P.D.Q. Bach--pens works named Schleptet in E-flat, the "Unbegun" Symphony, "Fuga Meshuga" and a full-length opera titled "The Abduction of Figaro."