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Thread #17997   Message #176193
Posted By: lamarca
10-Feb-00 - 12:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth (P Schickele)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
The other madrigal in this set is "The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give"...

I have had the good fortune to see Professor Schickele present concerts of P.D.Q. Bach's prolific oeuvre on at least 4 occasions, one of them with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He performed, among other pieces, Concerto for Bassoon vs. Orchestra, in which he arrived late for his solo (a tradition at Schickele concerts), and played various segments of the piece on his bassoon while assembling it. There was also a piece that wasn't performed because the score was missing from the conductor's folder - pages of it would periodically blow out of an off-stage airduct during the concert to gently drift down to the stage.

My first Schickele concert featured Bach's "Hans and Gretel and Ted and Alice", an opera funnia in one unnatural act; in which Schickele and his "bargain-counter-tenor" John Ferrante played all the roles, jumping in and out of drag costumes as they struggled through the complex plot.

Schickele is a graduate of Julliard, and his serious music is quite good, but he has a gift for parody of classical music style and the culture surrounding its performance that has to be seen and heard live to appreciate! I dragged my future husband to a concert; he came reluctantly, expecting an evening of snobbish high-brow classical music jokes, and was delighted to enjoy Schickele's wonderful mix of the arcane with outright slapstick comedy.