Schickele Mix

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Peter is his middle name; his first is Johann!
He was born on 17 July 1935 to Elizabeth (source) and Rainer Schickele. Grandfather Rene Schickele (1883-1940) was a regarded Alsatian writer (source). He has a brother David (source), is married to poet Susan Sindall, and has two children Karla and Matthew (source).

The show opens with your local announcer:

Are you ready Peter?
[insert Peter's smart-alec response, followed by]
Here's the theme:
Opening Theme: Slow movement from Mozart's 24th symphony

Peter closes each show with:

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that certain je ne sais quoi.
You're looking good, see you next week.
Usual Closing Theme: Slow movement from Mozart's 24th symphony

Program Numbers and Titles:

Quotes of Peter Schickele (including his opening smart-alec remark) are in an emphasized font. The brief Summary lines are my own.
1: Schickele Mix
Summary: Piano suites and octave leaps.
The music selected for this program will not be determined by brow height.
4: Surprise
Ready like Teddy
Summary: Music with surprising turns, e.g., volume, style, syncopation.
That arrangement of the Haydn Surprise Symphony by Donald Swan is my favorite thing off all the Hoffnung Festival records. I think I heard that thing in my senior year of college, and there's no doubt in my mind that it was a big influence on P.D.Q. Bach.
5: French Horns
6: Religious Music (Music for the Masses)
Ready and Waiting
Summary: Multicultural religious music (many but not all with western Christian influence) and secular inspirational music.
Composite Mass #1 suite
joke: A visitor is being shown around Hell by the devil...
There are a lot of singers in big cities who make their living singing in all sorts of different kinds of churches: synagogues, churchs of different denominations, and it has been said of these singers that they're pantheists; pantheists being people who believe in all gods whose churches hire singers.
7: A Cappella part I
Summary: A cappella music featuring one, two, and three voices from several times and cultures.
TIDBIT: Mozart Symphony
8: Songs without Words
The Is It Speaking or Is It Singing suite
The Stop Making Sense suite
	-- Now is the Month of Maying -- Kings Singers
	-- Ma na ma na -- David Pell Group
	-- Hawaiian War Chant -- Spike Jones
9: A Cappella part II
Impossible to be readier
Summary: An incredibly captivating program of multi-voice a cappella pieces from different cultures and genres.
Multi-line A Cappella suite I
Increasingly Incredible Vocal suite
TIDBIT: The Original Heebee Geebees
Get yourself up off your Heinrich Heine and go out and join a chorus; do it! Hallelujah; hallelujah! There is nothing like it...
Multi-line A Cappella suite II
10: Trio Sonatas
I am more than ready. I'm willing.
Summary: Evolution of the trio sonata and three part musical works.
TIDBITS -- 3 Little Maids from School (Ella, Dinah, Joan) / Serpent Trio
11: Speaking with Music
Summary: Speech over music, to dramatic and humorous effect.
12: Harp
Summary: Beautiful examples of harp pieces from several cultures and centuries, with a bonus suite of scale-based music.
Now I don't want to malign the French, but everybody knows that they're a decadent race. I mean, the French openly enjoy wine, and sex, and harp glissandos.

(Best when read slowly)
A Harpist must have lots of pluck,
A long silk gown,
And a truck.
13: Singing in the Cracks
Summary: Singing notes between the pitches on piano keys; both intentionally and not.
14: Patter Songs
Sort-of Patter Song cycle
Katy Cruel (Peggy Seeger) / Arithmetic (Ravel) / Die Winterreise (Schubert) / Hard Lovin' Loser (Richard Freener)
TIDBIT Right, said Fred, Bernard Cribbins
Molto Melismatic Song Cycle
Gregorian Chant / All I've gotta do (Beatles) / Hark (Purcell) / Kavali / Linda on my Mind (Twitty)
Russell Oberlin's influence on the first P.D.Q. Bach performance at Juilliard; the Bargain Counter Tenor wore a red wig to look more like Oberlin
Cloudburst (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
Hey, you're looking good, see you next week
15: Lexicon of Musical Invective
Readier than you'll ever know
Summary: An episode of famous classical pieces with Peter reading scathing reviews by the composers' contemporary critics.
	-- Second Symphony -- Beethoven
	-- Love for 3 Oranges -- Prokofiev
	-- Rite of Spring -- Stravinsky
	-- Classical Symphony -- Prokofiev
Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of bags of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer. John Ruskin, 1881

Slonimsky quotes Maxim Gorky, to whom American Jazz music was a capitalist perversion, describing a jazz concert: An idiotic little hammer knocks dryly; one, two, three, ten, twenty knocks. Then, like a clod of mud thrown into crystal-clear water, there is wild screaming, hissing, rattling, wailing, moaning, cackling. Bestial cries are heard: neighing horses, the squeal of a brass pig, crying jackasses, amorous quacks of a monstrous toad.... This excruciating medley of brutal sounds is subordinated to a barely perceptable rhythm. Listening to this screaming music for a minute or two, one conjures up an orchestra of madmen, sexual maniacs, led by a man-stallion beating time with an enormous phallus. Now I can imagine Charlie Mingus saying `Yeah, man, right on!'

Who wrote this fiendish Rite of Spring,
What right had he to write the thing,
Against our helpless ears to fling
Its crash, clash, cling, clang, bing, bang, bing?

And then to call it Rite of Spring,
The season when on joyous wing
The birds melodious carols sing
And harmony's in everything!

He who could write the Rite of Spring,
If I be right, by right should swing!

(Boston Herald, 1924)

Order the book now! The Lexicon of Musical Invective, by Nicolas Slonimsky, 1953. Available in paperback from U Washington Press for $14.95 (in the US you can order direct at 800 441 4115 and pay shipping, or ask your local bookstore to order it).
16: Songs about Animals
Does it snow in North Dakota?
	-- The Song of the Flea -- Moussorgsky
	-- Boris the Spider -- The Who
	-- The Alsatian and the Pekingese -- Flotsam and Jetsom
	-- Cottontail -- Lambert, Hendricks and Ross
17: Parallelism in Vocal Music
If I were any readier it would be unseemly
variation on the closer: You're looking awfully good, I will see you next week
18: Originals and non-traditional arrangements
You have no idea how ready I am
Summary: Famous classical works and their jazzy cousins.
El Amor Brujo by De Falla and Miles Davis
Pilgrim's Chorus by Tannhauser and Stan Kenton
The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky and Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band
19: Parallelism in Instrumental Music
They don't make 'em any readier
By far the most common interval for parallelambulation - nice word, huh? remember you heard it here first - these days is the third.
Thirds: Vivaldi, Les Misérables Brass Band, Debussy
Fourths: The Sheik of Palamazoo (Schickele): David Schickele on violin, George Tharelson on tom tom, Peter Schickele on clarinet
Various: Ravel, earliest keyboard music, Bartok
When it came to three notes moving parallelly - another etymological first - in other words parallel triads, you didn't hear them in root position.
Parallel First Inversion Triads Suite: Beethoven, Miles Davis, Virgil Thompson
20: Classical from popular music
Okay, just keep your pantaloons on, here's the theme
Summary: Popular pieces and their use in contemporary now-classical works, especially the Baroque Beatles Songbook.
	-- L'homme arme -- anon
	-- Missa L'homme arme Agnus Dei -- Dufay
	-- Baroque Beatles Songbook
	-- Welcome to the Jungle -- Guns and Roses
21: Putting Words to Classical Music
Who could be readier? Not me. Here's the theme...
Original lyrics by Sigmund Spaeth, Great Symphonies: How to Recognize and Remember Them, 1936, Garden City Publishing Co.
Preview of a ``forthcoming film'' on the life of Beethoven by Jeff Davidson and P.S. circa 1960 (sung to the tune of the Ninth Symphony): M is for her mercy reigning
O is for her Opus One,
T is for my toilet training, women's work is never done.
H is hate; sure, that's mother's nature, mother was every inch a Hun.
E is for her Earthly brethren
R completes this royal six.
Put them all together'n they spell Mother my progenitrix.
Ah, college. Two-bit sentiments and ten dollar words.
What's the matter with Rachmaninoff? -- Flotsam and Jetsam
Mozart's Fourth Horn Concerto (Rondo Allegro Vivace) -- Flanders and Swan
The Up a Third, Down a Third suite
22: Classical Rearrangements
23: Concerti Grossi
Hey, no problem! Here's the theme...
24: Parents
Who wants to know? Okay, here's the theme...
25: Birthdays
Ever ready, ever willing!
Hey! What's the point of having your own radio program if you can't indulge in a little nepotism, right?
Mother Elizabeth Schickele was born August 8, 1908.
	Snapshots from the Family Album
	-- Carla Barley -- David Schickele
	-- Luton d'... -- Peter Schickele
	-- 8/8/88 -- David Schickele
	-- Happy Birthday Beth -- Peter Schickele
	TIDBIT Valham: Gateway to the South -- Peter Sellers
26: Lullabies
Nag, nag, nag, Yes I am ready.
Summary: Lots of lullabies from western classical composers and American folk singers.
Winnie the Pooh review: And it was at this point, friends, that Constant Reader fwohed up.
When PDQ Bach started doing public concerts in 1965, I got together with Russell Oberlin but he was just starting a year off that turned out to be his retirement. I'm sorry that I never got to work with him, but on the other hand it led to my finding John Ferrante, another countertenor with a woderful robust sound, with whom I worked for a couple of decades and more. (John Ferrante sang the Don Octave character in P.D.Q. Bach's The Stoned Guest, and many more of P.D.Q.'s works for Bargain Counter Tenor)
27: Death! [garbled]
28: Basses are Loaded
Hey, if you're ready I'm ready
Summary: Illustrations of the bass line as the defining characteristic of western music.
	Canon on the ground
	-- Sumer is ecumen in -- anon
	-- Canon -- Pachelbel
	-- Nellie is Nice Girl -- PDQ Bach
	-- Sonata in E Major (II Allegro) -- Bach
29: Heaven
Ready is my middle name
Summary: Musical impressions of heaven
joke: Our greatest violinist dies, and when he reaches the Pearly Gates...
	Visions of Heaven
	-- Heaven -- Duke Ellington
	-- Hillbilly Heaven -- Tex Ritter
	-- Heaven -- Talking Heads
	Nutcracker Suite
30: Christmas Presence
31: What Happens Between the Notes (The "rest" of the story)
Ready is an understatement!
	Great Pauses in Western Music
	-- Surprise Symphony -- Schubert
	-- The Lady is a Tramp -- Gerry Mulligan
	-- Beethoven's Fifth (excerpt)
	-- He's Crazy Over Me -- the Judds
	Hooked on Pauses
Hello? ... Yes, I did say that every one of those pieces is (by the way, it's "is," not "are," you said "are"); not one of them is over 35 seconds long, and I suppose maybe the Digital Underground number might clock in at 37 seconds, but... What are you anyway, a librarian? Yeah, well, same difference. How did you get this number? He hung up. I don't know about organists.
32: Belly up to the Bar
You bet! C'mon in and take a load off!
33: A musical Aviary
Oh, of course I'm ready
Unique closer: That's M-I-X
34: The Bach of Gibralter
Ready is as ready does. Just a second...
35: And I Quote
As ready as a procrastinator has any right to be
36: Ma & Pa Kettle Drum
As ready as rain is right
Summary: Use of the tympani and tuned drums throughout the centuries.
The Brief but important Tympani solo suite: Everly Brothers, Jimmy Lunceford
Joke: Why do drummers have an IQ one more than horses?
37: The Big Chill Out
Hey, like, what's the hurry? Don't have a cow man
On Karl Heinz Stockhausen's Piano Piece Number 8: Music for men who are loved by women who love mathematicians who think they're musicians
38: About Bells
Ready is exactly what I am
39: The Devil to Pay
mmmmuuuuwahhh hahhhh... I'm always ready!
He Might just be the fellow sitting next to you now song cycle
Jack -- David Schickele
joke: So this guy ends up in Hell
Heartbreak Hotel -- Elvis Presley
Taking on the Devil - the devil wins in Europe, but not in the US
40: Varieties of Organic Experience
Anybody who says I'm not is a liar
Summary: Use of several types of organ in classical and folk genres.
Boy, organists are... well, they're a breed apart. Now I studied composition at Julliard with Vincent Persechetti, who is an organist as well as a composer, and he said to me once, ``You know Peter, organists and librarians don't sweat.'' There is something a bit alien about organists...
41: Growing Up Binary
Does the sun come up every morning?
Summary: Illustrations of the AABA form using Bach, Mozart, the Beatles and the Ink Spots
joke: Jazz Player who couldn't remember the bridge
42: Dominant Characteristics
I'm ready, you're ready
TIDBIT: Twist and Shout
43: Humor Me
I am the epitome of readiness
Viola jokes (and more)
Aren't there any violin jokes? Well I do know two. How many second violinists does it take to change a light bulb? The answer is none, they can't get up that high. The other I'll tell you when you get a little older.
Ina Suez sings two arias: Così Fan Tutte (Mozart) and Ill Barkio (Jones)
Analysis of the 1712 Overture
Musician's joke; Emmy, Pulitzer, etc
44: Leave the Meter Running
Ready describes my state exactly
45: There's a Composer in All of Us
I guess you could call it that.
46: Woe is Me
Have I ever let you down?
History teacher Phillip Wrongly
The Nobody knows the very specific kinds of trouble I've seen song cycle
college friend linguist David Robinson wrote a reverse Lithuanian dictionary; but no irrelevancy alarm this time?
47: You are (and you sing about) what you eat
If Helen Reddy sang, "I am Woman," Helen Woman would sing, "I am ready."
Summary: Songs about food, specific types of food, and eating.
48: Tracks of Blood
Readier than I'm ever likely to be again
Summary: Western classical and folk songs about blood, in a dark vein.
49: Imitation is the Sincerest Form
Summary: Canons in the music of several centuries
50: A Pair of Chords That Will Last
The day I'm not ready, there will be icicles in Satan's beard
Summary: Use of the tonic and dominant (I and V) chords as the foundation of centuries of Western music.
51: Splitting the Octave
What you don't know won't hurt you
52: The Fugal Gourmet
Just let me out of the gate
Sumer is ecumin in
53: Fugues: Can't Live with 'em, Can't Live without 'em
You bet your booties I am
Summary: Evolution of the fugue in the centuries after Bach.
54: Quodlibet (What Do You Please)
As ready as a guy has any right to be
Peter recalls the composition process of his piece from the first PDQ Bach album
55: Is there a Fugue in your Future?
Well, ready is a relative term, but ...
56: Varieties of Variation
Ready, willing, what more do you want?
	The Great Pretender -- Stan Freberg
That's one thing that Beethoven did a lot of, was big endings that are completely non-thematic. Don't have anything to do with anything, really, they're just a lot of bluster to make you realize what an important piece you've just heard.
The piece by Rick Applegate has a little sidebar.
57: Hold That Melody
Ready or not, here I am, and ...
58: Hold That Harmony
If I were any readier, I would be overeager
Inter-era Paganini Variations
TIDBIT: Variations on Yankee-Doodle
59: Bass-based Variations
Some things never change, and my readiness is one of them.
Summary: Music that repeats using the same or slightly changed bass line.
60: Weathering the Storm
I'm here, isn't that enough?
61: H2O, Above and Below
How can you even ask?
	The Hope For Springs is Eternal song cycle
62: True or Falsetto
That's exactly what I am
63: Pipes and All
About as ready as one man can be
64: Taking the Fifth
Um, yes, uh, yeah!
65: License or Larceny
You bet your sweet bippy
Tomorrow Never Comes - Beatles // 4am June: The sky was green - Peter Schickele
He's So Fine - Chiffons // My Sweet Lord - Beatles
66: Say It and Sing It
Well, let's take a chance
Summary: Songs that use both plain speech and sung melodies.
You might have to hypnotize me to find out my first name, but my second and third are Peter and Schickele
Peter recommends renting A Bucket of Blood by Roger Corman.
Excerpts from Peter's introductory poems to Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals
67: Instrumental Exotica
Refrain from bovine birthing, man...
Summary: Musical examples of several instruments: jaw's harp, saw, slide whistle, theramin, cowbells.
68: What *is* that instrument?
I thought you'd never ask
69: For He Heard the Loud Bassoon
I have seen the future, and it's here. And...
Summary: The singing stovepipe throughout the centuries in jazz, classical and other musics.
70: Au contraire, mon frère
Mais oui, mon ami
... I'm provided with this really charming studio space. You know, the walls are covered with art done by kids from all over the state. Yes, it's an art of the state studio all right ...
71: Back to Basics
Is a bluebird blue?
72: Hold that Note!
[spoken in a monotone] I am working on it - to hear the theme place press the pound sign; now ...
73: Mutes and Mutability
Ready is my middle name
Summary: Many uses of mutes in the twentieth century.
74: A Many Splendored String
You could say that.
Summary: Illustrations of violin techniques: mutes, plucking, bowing, and harmonics.
This episode introduces the new irrelevancy alarm with printout.
75: Schickele Mix: The Movie
Do I look ready? Nevertheless, here's the theme
Summary: Movie soundtrack music from throughout the century, including some that was eventually changed or never used.
Includes the I don't usually do this, but... suite (music by composers not generally associated with movies) and a bit of the history behind the music in 2001, Citizen Kane, and Silent Running.
76: Do I hear a waltz? Well, do I?
Waltzing Matilda... Oh, Yes...
Summary: An exploration of the distinguishing features of waltzes using classical and folk music.
77: Beyond the Blue Danube
That's easy for you to say
78: Let's get this thing over with
Can't wrap it up if you don't get it started
79: Great Endings I Have Known
I'm not just a ready teddy, I'm an eager beaver!
80: A Fargo Christmas
It's funny, I could get into this Santa Claus suit last year. Well, anyway, uh, ...
Summary: Songs about the winter season, tales of rural life in Fargo, North Dakota, and modern arrangements of Christmas carols.
81: Why are conductors paid (and so much, too)?
Do conductors own mirrors?
82: Words Fail Me
If you're ready, I'm ready
Summary: A show about Vocalese, singing pure syllables without words.
83: Clarinet Marmalade
I am one ready guy.
Summary: Peter discusses and illustrates the evolution of the clarinet, focusing on its tone and range.
Clarinet means ``little trumpet.''
Around the beginning of the 18th Century, a family of instrument makers in Nuremburg started experimenting with the idea of putting a single reed mouthpiece on the body of a recorder. This led to the Chalumeau, ... an instrument with severe technical limitations but a distinctive sound ... in a range corresponding to bottom of a modern clarinet's range (the lower range of the clarinet is still called the chalumeau range).
84: Clarinet Plus
I am readier than thou.
Summary: Pieces that feature the Clarinet in accompanied settings.
85: What it Takes Two To
Buh dump buh, dudu duh. Olé! Yeah, I'm ready
86: Pendulum in White Tie and Tails
Does a conductor perspire?
87: First Things First
Hey, it's one foot in front of the other
Summary: Composers, young and old (Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schickele)
Original recording of The Sheik of Palamazoo (Schickele)
August, 1953: Original recording of the very first P.D.Q. Bach work, the Sanka Cantata
Brother David wrote the liner notes for the first P.D.Q. Bach album, and defined the three creative periods of P.D.Q.'s life
88: Ah, Youth
You better believe it
89: Masculine / Feminine
No, I'm not. Why don't you do the show today? Heh, heh, just kidding.
Summary: Use of these terms in musical analysis, and readings from the work of feminist musicologist Susan McClary.
90: Cherchez la Femme
Just keep your knickers on
91: You Can't Pin That on Me!
I cannot tell a lie. Yes.
92: Climactic Conditions
I'm ready for takeoff.
93: Transitory Pleasures
Unlike Ethelred the unready, I am as ready as ready can be.
94: There's Nothing Between Us - We're Just Good Friends
Am I ready? I'm overripe.
95: Prodigious Talents
Have I ever not been?
Summary: Young singers and violinists.
Singers are often kidded about having more temperament than brains.
96: He Hasn't Been the Same Since
Uh, well, uhh, well, yeah! Uh, w-uhuh, uh, uh, hrmph, well, yeah!
Summary: The influence of western folk and Balinese Gamelan music on western classical composers.
97: Under the Influence
Guess what? I am
Summary: Some of Peter's music and the works that directly influenced those pieces
98: I've Got a Right to be Influenced by the Blues
[singing and snapping fingers] Blues, those Nashville Blues... oh yeah, I'm ready.
Summary: Influence of the blues' chord structure on multinational classical and pop music.
Composers say ``I've gotta sing to write the blues.''
In the tidbit, Peter Sellers sings the blues.
99: All that Jazz: The Early Years
I'm ready to roll
100: Good Enough for Jazz
Hey man, I'm hip, I'm hep, I'm ready to step.
101: Green Dolphin is a Two-way Street, but It has a Median Strip
Hey man, I'm readier than Eddie's brother Freddie
102: Things Fall Apart
Yes. The answer is Yes.
103: Background Information
As ready as I'm likely to be in my lifetime.
Blackbird (McCartney), Prelude #1 (Bach)
104: And How Would You Like That Prepared Sir? Harmonically, Please.
As James Joyce wrote in his now classic book Ulysses, "yes".
105: Boom, Chick and Beyond
Need you ask?
106: And How Would You Like That Prepared Sir? Rhythmically, Please.
I'm about as ready as they come.
107: Folk Music, Schmolk Music!
I'm the very definition of ready.
Summary: Different interpretations of several popular pieces of folk music.
108: The Whole Picture Includes the Frame
Have I ever not been ready?
109: If it's a Folk Song, It Isn't Stealing
If I were any readier, I'd have to take a downer.
110: Exoticism Begins at Home
Oh, oh, yeah, hold on. Just a second. Uh, here we go and...
Summary: Influence of "exotic" cultures' music (e.g., American Indian, Chinese) on traditional western music
Peter sings a Navajo Indian song that inspired part of his first string quartet.
So here's Pete's Law Number 3 (someday I'll get around to making up numbers 1 and 2): If you get two traditions close enough together, no amount of prejudice will keep them from eventually rubbing off on each other.
111: Leave the Playing to Us
I'm all wound up, and I'm ready
Summary: Self-playing musical machines that mimic human performers throughout the centuries.
112: Revenge of the Nerdy Instruments
Just wind me up and point me toward the console.
Summary: Self-playing musical machines that need not mimic human performers.
Peter is a member of the unofficial Beat the Devil fan club.
113: We Never Make Misteaks
Wait a minute! Wait a minute! I've got the wrong fader up, here. Okay, here we go.
114: If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Again
Yes, uh huh, that's right, I am. Yup.
Summary: The use of repetition in classical and folk music (the use of repetition in classical and folk music).
115: And Now For Something Not Really So Very Different at All
Yes I'm ready, or, to put it another, I am not unprepared.
116: Five Finger Exercises
Okay, let's do a countdown: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, wait a minute, I have to use the other hand; 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Summary: Melodies that employ five-note (pentatonic) scales in many cultures, including Tuvan throat singing.
117: Gin and Pentatonic
Unlike Ethelred the unready, and Ethelwill the unwilling, I am both ready and willing.
Summary: How composers accompany pentatonic melodies.
Oh, Yeah! ... I wonder where my old bong is?
118: Vox Omnia
What difference does it make?
Summary: Using the voice to musically imitate animals, instruments, and more (unfortunately without any scat solos by Jon Hendricks or arrangements by Take 6 or The Bobs).
119: I Sing the Body Eclectic
You better believe it.
Summary: Unusual techniques for making (mostly vocal) musical sounds with various parts of the body.
I need all the help I can get, because I am Mr. Low-Tech himself. To me, a Mac is a truck; and a web site is a glimpse of Sgt. Joe Friday.
120: The Ties That Bind
No rest for the weary
Summary: Uses of syncopation.
121: That Weird and Intoxicating Effect
They don't make 'em any readier
Summary: Evolution and use of ragtime music and its successors.
122: The Count is Three and Two
Two for the show, three to get ready, and ...
Summary: Uses of hemiola, breaking up same-length measures into two or three beats.
123: Keeping Christmas
Ho, Ho, Ho, am I ever ready.
Summary: New arrangements of Christmas songs and some exhortations to ``keep Christmas.''
124: Quintessential Music
Oh ye of little faith. Of course I'm ready.
Summary: Music in 5/4 time.
125: My, That's an Odd Meter!
Funny you should ask that - because I am.
Summary: Music in 7/8, 9/8, and 11/8 times.
126: Loud and Portable
Who wants to know?
Summary: Band music and instrumentation from across the world.
127: The Harmonie Ensemble: Life of the Party or Music Molester?
Readier they don't make 'em any.
Summary: History and examples of "harmonie ensembles", small groups of wind instruments that often play musak (arrangements of well-known works).
128: Sonic Boomerangs
Don't worry; I say, don't worry.
Summary: Works that mimic the sound of a natural echo.
First appearance of the Sloppy Thinking Alarm.
129: Opposition is True Friendship
Part of me says Yes, and the other part says No. But it's time, so...
Summary: Many types of antiphonal music, illustrating the call/response paradigm.
130: The Reverbing of America
I would be lying if I said I weren't.
131: First Among Equals
I'm surprised you even ask.
132: If You've Got It, Baby, Flaunt It
Have I ever not been ready?
Summary: Cadences.
133: SFX-1138
If it sounds ready, it is ready, whatever that means.
134: No Animals were Harmed in the Making of This Program
Does a rabbit have ears?
135: Clothes Encounters
The answer to that inquiry is, yes.
Summary: This show was tailor-made for songs about articles of clothing.
136: All or Nothing
Hold onto your hat.
Summary: More clothes harmony, this time about the wearing of hats and the wearing of nothing.
137: Marcia Exotica
I'm off and running.
We are ready.
Well, why wouldn't I be?
140: Bang the Drum Slowly
Better now than never.
Summary: Slow marches.
141: Marches Are Your Friends
Hey, no prob.
Summary: Marches that quote familiar pieces, or use unusual instruments.
Let me put it this way. I'm ready.
Is that a trick question?
144: When Mr. Wrong is Mr. Right (part I)
Do you want the right answer, or the true answer?
145: When Mr. Wrong is Mr. Right (part II)
I cannot tell a lie, so I won't answer that.
146: Mondo Glissando
God willin' and the creek don't rise.
157: The Gospel Accordion to Pete
What can I say, except...

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Okay, just a second... [sound of money being taken out of wallet]... here you go. Man I don't know about this. During listener support drive periods, I have to pay to get on the air. Doesn't seem fair. Oh well, anyway...
2: A Program which Toys with the Relationship between Music and Money
3: Old Wine in New Aluminum Cans
4: A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou
You can count on me
5: My Night at the Karaoke Bar
Well I was up pretty late last night, but ...
Summary: Singers without Karaoke (a cappella), with old Karaoke (early 20th century singists), and encouraging lyrics by Peter.
In 1980, I got a letter from the president of Swarthmore College, saying that they would like to confer an honorary degree on me, and would I be willing to accept that. ... I wrote back and I said Of Course I would be willing to accept it, it was a great honor, and I certainly thought it was a much better idea than working for it.
6: The Schickele Mix Home Delivery Service
How much is it worth to you? Heh, heh, just kidding.
7: You Heard Me!
How did I know you were going to say that? Yes, I'm ready...
I've sent in my pledge and I'm ready to roll.

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Related sites:

  • 1991 Early Music List archive (PDQ Bach discussion)
  • Broadcast airtimes in the US
  • Theodore Presser's Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach pages.
  • P.D.Q. Bach discography
  • P.D.Q. Bach concerts in New York City
  • Many thanks to Peter Psyhos, Dave Yost, Morris Keesan, and especially Lloyd Peterson for their contributions!
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