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The Jekyll & Hyde Tour - P.d.q. Bach


Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80666   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  P.D.Q. BachPeter Schickele
Performer:  Barry SocherArmen KsajikianConnie KupkaRay Tischer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armadillo String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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P. D. Q. BACH The Jekyll and Hyde Tour Peter Schickele, enabler; Michèlle Eaton (off-coloratura sop); David Düsing (ten profundo); Armadillo Qrt TELARC 80666 (77:00) Live: Owings Mills, MD 6/16/07


Several decades ago, idly going through the contents of an obscure central European count’s dusty old library, an impecunious musicologist named Peter Schickele made the discovery of a lifetime: a deteriorating musical manuscript bearing the scratchy “X,” the signature of the hitherto unknown P. D. Q. Read more Bach, a distant descendant of the famous family (it was being used as a coffee strainer). Instantly, he became aware of his life’s mission—to expose this musical treasure to lovers of good music everywhere so that P. D. Q. might at last achieve the recognition so long denied him. The result, over a period of more than 40 years, has been multiple LPs, CDs, and concerts that have carried the message to the world—in this case, to the suburbs of Baltimore. But what a dastardly trick—to lure lovers of good music to a concert and then, after some obligatory vocal and chamber music by the Master, use the affair to promote your own highly derivative pop music. “Jekyll and Hyde,” indeed!


Granted, there are those who would even accuse P. D. Q. of occasionally borrowing things from his contemporaries and predecessors. Beethoven reputedly claimed that “playing one of your own compositions for P. D. Q. Bach is like asking a thief to take care of your suitcase for a few minutes,” a quote you will probably find in Thayer—then again, maybe you won’t. For example, there are some bars in the so-called “Moose” Quartet that are reminiscent of the phrase “Muss es sein? Es muss sein,” in Beethoven’s last quartet, hence the nickname. Bach’s songs, which use a bastard tongue called “Deuglish,” (prounced “DOY-glish”) a mixture of German and English, bear a remarkable resemblance (okay, sometimes bear a vague resemblance) to those of Franz Schubert.


After a few trivial, ah, brief rounds by the Master, Schickele gets down to the evening’s true business: the promotion of his own music, based on such diverse sources as boogie-woogie, country and western, soul, and folk—he even has the nerve to use Shakespeare (!) as his lyricist, perhaps imagining he can disarm legitimate criticism by becoming the tail to Shakespeare’s kite; it doesn’t work. Unfortunately, the audience seems to have been seduced by this strategy; in fact, their reactions to the entire evening’s doings is quite enthusiastic from start to finish. O tempora! O mores!


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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings in F major "The Moose" by P.D.Q. Bach
Performer:  Barry Socher (Violin), Armen Ksajikian (Cello), Connie Kupka (Violin),
Ray Tischer (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armadillo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 28 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2. Long Live the King, S 1789 by P.D.Q. Bach
Performer:  David Düsing (Tenor), Michele Eaton (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3. Four Next-to-Last Songs by P.D.Q. Bach
Performer:  David Düsing (Tenor), Peter Schickele (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 12 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4. Rounds (2): Hedi McKinley by Peter Schickele
Performer:  Michele Eaton (Soprano), David Düsing (Tenor), Peter Schickele (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5. Rounds (2): D'Indy's Turkey by Peter Schickele
Performer:  Michele Eaton (Soprano), David Düsing (Tenor), Peter Schickele (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 0 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6. The Mule by P.D.Q. Bach
Performer:  Michele Eaton (Soprano), Peter Schickele (Voice), David Düsing (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7. O Serpent by P.D.Q. Bach
Performer:  David Düsing (Tenor), Peter Schickele (Voice), Michele Eaton (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This work is scored for voice and serpent. 
8. Songs (2): If Love Is Real by Peter Schickele
Performer:  Peter Schickele (Voice), Peter Schickele (Piano), David Düsing (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9. Songs (2): Cyndi by Peter Schickele
Performer:  Michele Eaton (Soprano), Peter Schickele (Voice), David Düsing (Tenor),
Peter Schickele (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10. Songs (5) from Shakespeare by Peter Schickele
Performer:  Peter Schickele (Piano), Peter Schickele (Voice), David Düsing (Tenor),
Michele Eaton (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11. Listen Here, Tyrannosaurus Rex by Peter Schickele
Performer:  Peter Schickele (Voice), Peter Schickele (Piano), Michele Eaton (Soprano),
David Düsing (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/16/2007 
Venue:  Live  Gordon Arts Center, Owings Mills, MD 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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