Grammy Award Winner for Best Comedy Recording This humorous release features the first-ever recording of the infamous 1712 Overture (for "really big orchestra")—using gigantic popped balloons instead of the cannons employed in Tchaikovsky's remarkably similar work. The music of Beethoven is parodied in The Preachers of Crimetheus (a ballet in one selfless act), the prelude to Einstein on the Fritz provides a send-up of today's minimalist composers, and more than a bit of Dixieland creeps into Capriccio La Pucelle de New Orleans. The Minuet Militaire, calling for unusual use of police whistle and bass drum, and Bach Portrait, a dubious tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach, are all recorded here for the first time.
For nearly 25 years, Peter Schickele, the brilliant genius behind the mythical composer P.D.Q Bach, has captivated serious music listeners with his hilarious spoofs of classical music. Musicological notes by Professor Schickele (comic spoken introductions) precede each piece, and myriad sound effects from machine guns to helicopter and giant mosquitoes are part of the musical mayhem.