P.D.Q. Bach

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P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742{?}), the wacky fake fictional 21st son of Johann Sebastian Bach, is actually the brainchild of Peter Schickele (a real composer who went to Julliard with Glenn Gould and everything!). Mr. Schickele has put out over a dozen albums of P. D. Q.'s music since the sixties.


  • Vanguard label releases:
    • Peter Schickele Presents an Evening with P. D. Q. Bach (1807–1742?) 1965
    • An Hysteric Return: P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall 1966
    • Report from Hoople: P. D. Q. Bach on the Air 1967
    • The Stoned Guest 1970
    • The Intimate P. D. Q. Bach 1974
    • Portrait of P. D. Q. Bach 1977
    • Black Forest Bluegrass 1979
    • Liebeslieder Polkas 1980
    • Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head 1982
    • A Little Nightmare Music 1983
  • Telarc label releases:
    • 1712 Overture and Other Musical Assaults 1989
    • Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities 1990
    • WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio 1991
    • Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion 1992
    • Two Pianos Are Better Than One 1994
    • The Short-Tempered Clavier and Other Dysfunctional Works for Keyboard 1995
    • P. D. Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour 2007