March 7, 2003 |
Now into its 13th year, the Armadillo String Quartet's annual concert of music by Peter Schickele is more than a just habit or a gig. The atmosphere at the Zipper Hall on Wednesday was collegial, and the composer expressed awe that the group was so dedicated in a situation in which "nobody is getting paid."
December 16, 2002 |
With his Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, Peter Schickele carves out a musical geography of America, much like Aaron Copland did. Copland portrayed a mythic wilderness of pioneers, outlaws and limitless space. Schickele picks the Southwest and a later time. But he also captures the energy and optimism that add to Walt Whitman's American yelp. Jorge Mester and the Pasadena Symphony gave the West Coast premiere of the work as part of a three-part program Saturday at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
March 26, 2001 |
Revisiting the domain of the fictional composer P.D.Q. Bach, by way of, as usual, the furtive imagination of Peter Schickele, one finds the same familiar musical landscape from decades back. But even though Professor Schickele's latest research concerning P.D.Q. and his most recently discovered compositions have hardened into ritual, they and Schickele are still funny.
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February 26, 2001 |
Many people know composer Peter Schickele only in his immensely popular guise as the "discoverer" of works by P.D.Q. Bach, the fictitious black-sheep son of J.S. Bach. Schickele has unearthed such long-lost P.D.Q. hits as "The Short-Tempered Clavier and Other Dysfunctional Works for Keyboard," "Shepherd on the Rocks With a Twist" and "Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs" (which consists of five songs). "There are almost 100 P.D.Q.
November 13, 2000 |
The name Franklin D. Roosevelt still evokes a certain misty-eyed time and place to many who were alive in his era--and even those who weren't can sense that feeling in the American popular and classical music of that time. Peter Schickele was there--at age 9, he witnessed Roosevelt's funeral cortege in Washington, D.C.--and this indelible memory has triggered a piece of art, an attractive new cello concerto called "In Memoriam FDR."
November 5, 2000 |
It's not easy being funny all the time. Just ask Peter Schickele, who has been busy "discovering" the musical malapropisms of P.D.Q. Bach for 41 years now and counting. He is just coming out of a 10-year hold on touring the elaborate musical parody shows devoted to the skewed inspirations of "the last and least of the Bachs," saving his P.D.Q. efforts for an annual Christmas bash at Carnegie Hall, and recordings that gave him a lock on the best comedy album Grammy in the early 1990s.