The Definitive Biography of P. D. Q. Bach, 1807-1742?

The Definitive Biography of P. D. Q. Bach, 1807-1742?

by Peter Schickele


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What little-known son of a famous genius has been called:

"A musical blight"

"A one-man plague"

"History's most justifiably neglected composer"

"The worst musician ever to trod organ pedals" "A pimple on the face of music"

In this long-awaited hoax, possibly the most unimportant piece of scholarship in over two thousand years, Professor Peter Schickele has finally succeeded in ripping the veil of obscurity from the most unusual — to put it kindly — composer in the history of music: P.D.Q. Bach, the last and unquestionably the least of the great Johann Sebastian Bach's many children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394734095
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/1987
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 617,339
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Schickele is a composer, musician, and author. He studied at Swarthmore and Julliard. Over the course of his career, he has composed more than 100 works, varying from symphonies to film and television scores. His published works include The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q Bach. He lives with his wife in New York.

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EARLY INFANCY (1742–1745)

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The Definitive Biography of P. D. Q. Bach, 1807-1742? 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would kindly like to diasgree with the valued critic's remarks that P.D.Q. is the 'most fictitious son' of J.S. Bach's. Again, this is part of the propaganda supported by the Bach family aiming to diminuish the accomplishments of this truely outstanding composer. P.D.Q. is too unique to be fictitiuos, and his (in)ability appropriately reflects our own imperfections. Thus, P.D.Q. is truely human!!! Read this book and listen to his music!
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank god the university of northwest North Dakota at Hoople produced a scholar like Schickele who has taken us into the life of one of the oddest composers of our time! (Keep your German dictionary handy in case you don't speak the language, because you will miss some of the better jokes.)
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peter Schickele's character P.D.Q. Bach, the last of Johann Sebastian's twenty-odd children (also the oddest) truly takes on a life of his own in the send-up of musical biography. Puns abound. Visual jokes lurk everywhere. The Bach cognoscenti can delight in this abundance of hidden refferences - some subtle, some not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago