The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach

By Peter Schickele

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

"A musical blight"

"A one-man plague"

"History's so much justifiably overlooked composer"

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

In this long-awaited hoax, potentially the main unimportant piece of scholarship in over thousand years, Professor Peter Schickele has ultimately succeeded in ripping the veil of obscurity from the main strange -- to place it kindly -- composer within the heritage of tune: P.D.Q. Bach, the final and definitely the least of the good Johann Sebastian Bach's many kids.

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Thankfully for posterity, a number of targeted photographs of it have survived. PLATE fifty one once P. D. Q. Bach’s obituary was once published within the neighborhood newspaper, every body moved again into city, and existence lower back to common in Baden-Baden-Baden. PLATE fifty two even with P. D. Q. Bach’s well timed dying, Betty-Sue did visit Wein-am-Rhein and, as has been pointed out prior, ended up marrying certainly one of P. D. Q. ’s staunchest consuming partners, Jonathan “Boozey” Hawkes. yet she by no means forgot P. D. Q. , and years later in Liverpool, whilst the inside track reached her about the Bach family’s elimination of the physique from the mausoleum and the defacement of the inscriptions thereon, Betty-Sue despatched a few cash to an artist her husband had identified in Wein-am-Rhein, inquiring for him to erect an appropriate monument to the reminiscence of her cousin. The monument nonetheless stands, and on its plaque one should still learn the poem that “Boozey” and Betty-Sue wrote in reminiscence of history’s strangest composer: He lies in dying, as lie he did in lifestyles, Oblivious to worldly cares and strife; No base distractions rile his sodden mind, And odious Ambition waits in useless For him to upward thrust; candy Gabriel, play on! You’ll not anything rouse, other than probably a yawn; For P. D. Q. will waken while he'll, or even God needs to wait that day till. 1 such a lot biographers country that J. A. A. Bach died in infancy, yet really he was once easily misplaced within the shuffle. 1 No, it was once destiny. 1 An aphorism coined via Professor David Robinson of Ohio nation Univsersity “Samuel Pepys the place angels worry to whisper,” is of little relevance the following. 1 it's tough, for example, to brush off the suspicion that the subsequent information merchandise from the Wein-am-Rhein Schnapsblatt (Daily Dram) refers to P. D. Q. and Porcelina: it really is rumored that the destruction of the grape arbor in Herr Schwips’ yard is because of a falling out among a widely known neighborhood composer and an both recognized neighborhood clavecinist. really the falling out used to be played by way of the composer, who healthy is related) leaned too some distance out of his paramour’s window whereas relieving himself, with the outcome that he additionally relieved his paramour of his presence. 1 Pipes and Ale: The Memoirs of Thomas Collins, Edinburgh, 1809. 1 ultimately, via a few adroit political maneuvering, the Bishop controlled to get himself not just reinstated into the Church, yet canonized to boot, and the evening of P. D. Q. Bach’s memorable live performance continues to be known as Walpurgisnacht in German-speaking international locations. 1 proven the following because it sorted it was once rebuilt following the occasion of P. D. Q. Bach’s loss of life. 1 It was once the obligation of this minor reliable to compose brief poems and set them to song as rounds, or (as the English known as them) catches. III guy OR delusion? : looking for P. D. Q. BACH “Monday! Ha, Ha! ” —Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet because the investigative tools hired through the writer in discovering P. D. Q. Bach and his track range in lots of respects relatively markedly from these utilized by different students in facing Mozart and Haydn and the entire lesser yet however efficient composers that dotted the musical panorama of the Age of Enlightenment, it has appeared probably that the reader could discover a short therapy of this attention-grabbing zone of no little curiosity.

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