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P.D.Q. Bach

Composer of Classical
A.k.a. Johann Peter Schickele

The composer alias of Peter Schickele, who refers to PDQ Bach as being 'the youngest and the oddest of the twenty odd children of Johann Sebastian Bach'. In fact, PDQ Bach is said to be the twenty-first of Bach's twenty children. Supposedly born in Leipzig on April 1, 1742 (an April Fool!), and supposedly died on May 5, 1807 in Baden-Baden-Baden, Germany. When his father died, he allegedly willed PDQ Bach a kazoo. PDQ Bach apparently advised Leopold Mozart that his son, young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, would be best off playing billiards. He was also apparently the main reason Ludwig van Beethoven went deaf, as Beethoven would stuff his ears full of coffee grounds whenever he saw PDQ Bach coming! Primarily Baroque in style, PDQ Bach is happy to steal from any other style available to him - his music, in the words of Shickele, consists of 'manic plagiarism'. His work is split into three periods: the Initial Plunge, the Soused (or Brown Bag) Period, and the Contrition Period.

  • Classical
  • Spoken Word
  • Pop
  • Children's Music
  • Folk

Title Artist Year Type
The Jekyll & Hyde TourP.D.Q. Bach & Peter Schickele2007Album
The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach AnthologyP.D.Q. Bach1998Compil.
The Short-Tempered Clavier And Other Dysfunctional Works For KeyboardP.D.Q. Bach1995Album
Two Pianos Are Better Than OneP.D.Q. Bach1994Album
Music For An Awful Lot Of Winds And PercussionP.D.Q. Bach1992Album
WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk RadioP.D.Q. Bach1991Album
Oedipus Tex & Other Choral CalamatiesP.D.Q. Bach1990Album
A Little Nightmare MusicP.D.Q. Bach1983Album
Music You Can't Get Out Of Your HeadP.D.Q. Bach, The New York Pick-Up Ensemble1982Album
Strikes BackP.D.Q. Bach1981Album
The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach Volume 2P.D.Q. Bach1981Album
Liebeslieder Polkas - Twelve Quite Heavenly SongsP.D.Q. Bach1980Album
Black Forest BluegrassP.D.Q. Bach, The New York Pick-Up Ensemble, John Ferrante1979Album
Portrait Of P.D.Q. BachP.D.Q. Bach1977Album
The Intimate P.D.Q. BachP.D.Q. Bach1973Album
The Stoned GuestP.D.Q. Bach1970Album
Report From Hoople: P.D.Q. Bach On The AirP.D.Q. Bach1967Album
Die Endgültige Biographie Des P. D. Q. Bach (Ein Leben Gegen Die Musik)Peter Schickele, P.D.Q. BachAlbum
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