P.D.Q. Bach
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P.D.Q. Bach

P.D.Q. Bach Biography (Wikipedia)

P. D. Q. Bach is a fictitious composer invented by the American musical satirist Peter Schickele, who developed a five-decade-long career performing the "discovered" works of the "only forgotten son" of the Bach family. Schickele's music combines parodies of musicological scholarship, the conventions of Baroque and Classical music, and slapstick comedy. The name "P. D. Q." is a parody of the three-part names given to some members of the Bach family that are commonly reduced to initials, such as C. P. E., for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; PDQ is an initialism for "pretty damned quick".

Schickele began working on the character while studying at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Juilliard, and has performed a variety of P. D. Q. Bach shows over the years. The Village Voice mentions the juxtaposition of collage, bitonality, musical satire, and orchestral surrealism in a "bizarre melodic stream of consciousness [...] In P.D.Q. Bach he has single-handedly mapped a musical universe that everyone knew was there and no one else had the guts (not simply the bad taste) to explore."

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Iphigenia in Brooklyn
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Prelude and Fugue in C minor (Short-tempered Clavier)
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Prelude and Fugue in C minor (Short-tempered Clavier)
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The Preachers of Crimetheus (finale) (excerpt)
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The Preachers of Crimetheus (finale) (excerpt)
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Minuet Militaire
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Minuet Militaire
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telephone request system
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telephone request system
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Knock, Knock
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Knock, Knock
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Peter Schickele
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