P.D.Q. Bach: Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities

Peter Schickele

PDQ Bach Oedipus Tex Other Choral Calamities
  • CAT # 80239-25

    1. Introduction 2:04
    2. Oedipus Tex: I. Prologue: Tragedy 5:34
    3. Oedipus Tex: Recitative: Well
    4. P.D.Q. Bach: Oedipus Tex (dramatic oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra), S.150. "Howdy there 5:35
    5. Oedipus Tex: Recitative: And it wasn't long
    6. Oedipus Tex: III. Duet with chorus: My heart 4:04
    7. Oedipus Tex: Recitative: But
    8. Oedipus Tex: IV. Aria: You murdered your father 2:22
    9. Oedipus Tex: Recitative: When Billie Jo heard
    10. Oedipus Tex: V. Aria with chorus: Goodbye 2:44
    11. Oedipus Tex: Recitative: When Oedipus heard 1:01
    12. Oedipus Tex: VI. Chorale and Finale 4:18
    13. Introduction 1:25
    14. Classical Rap (S. 1-2-3) 8:24
    15. Introduction 1:09
    16. Knock, Knock: I. Recitative and chorus: Knock, knock 2:23
    17. Knock, Knock: II. Recitative and chorus: How many psychiatrists 1:07
    18. Knock, Knock: III. Recitative and chorale: What is the question? 4:26
    19. Knock, Knock: IV. Recitative and chorus: So this guy 5:48
    20. Introduction 1:27
    21. Birthday ode to "Big Daddy" Bach for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra (S. 100) 7:46
GRAMMY Award Winner for Best Comedy Recording, Spoken or Musical
P.D.Q.’s first Telarc recording, P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults won a Grammy award for Best Comedy Recording of the Year. Now Professor Peter Schickele (who is on extremely good terms with the serious composer Mr. Peter Schickele), conductor Newton Wayland (who was named for an exit on Route 128 outside of Boston), and the Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic reach new heights of hilarity with Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities.

All of the works on this disc are “new” discoveries. For example, Professor Schickele discovered the manuscript for Oedipus Tex sewn into the shirt worn by Davy Crockett at the Alamo. This work definitively proves that the Greeks pre-dated the Spaniards in the American Southwest by more than a millennium. Among its many unique qualities are the continuos accompaniment, consisting of cello and keyboard harmonica, and the solo horn part, which begins on mouthpiece alone and gradually adds pieces of tubing in successive movements.

Classical Rap, performed by Grandmaster Flab and the Hoople Funkharmonic, deals with the trials and tribulations of the denizens of New York’s Upper West Side. Two other comedic classical masterworks, the choral cantata Knock, Knock, and the Birthday Ode to ‘Big Daddy’ Bach are recorded here for the first time.

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