This time, the Grammy-winning musical satirist takes on Baroque Keyboard music.
The opening work, The Short-Tempered Clavier, attempts emulation of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Chopsticks, the opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Mary Had A Little Lamb and other well-known tunes which are unfortunately woven into the structure of Bach's masterpiece. Make no mistake. Even with all of its wit and charm -- where a figured bass often meets a boogie woogie bass line -- this supremely comical work requires a polished and sophisticated technique on the part of the performer. Pianist Christopher O'Riley convincingly conveys the humor without betraying the style of J.S. Bach.
For many years, the dill piccolo was No.1 on the "Most Wanted" list of obsolete instruments used by P.D.Q. The Little Pickle Book is a series of pieces based on music (sic) of J.S. Bach's contemporaries (namely;nursery rhyme composers) and features the dill piccolo. (Fortunately, Telarc has many accomplished dill piccolists on its staff.) These pieces, scored predominately for the theatre organ, also include appearances by the bass drum, chimes, xylophone, crank and anything else that happened to be lying around the studio.
The Sonata Da Circo is the only example of a circus sonata in existence according to Professor Peter Schickele. Recorded in a circus museum in the middle of Indiana, this work is reminiscent of the music heard on a Louisiana steamboat. Telarc's recording staff has captured the very essence of the calliope...you must hear it to believe it!
The CD closes with Three Chorale-Based Piecelets - a set of variations on familiar hymns performed on a Casio keyboard.