Twentieth century American composer Peter Schickele (1935-) was exposed to the satirical jazz of Spike Jones during his eighth year. Also a serious student of music, he blended the two into his fictitious alter ego, P. D. Q. Bach. The first work assigned to P. D. Q. was a parody of J. S. Bach's Coffee Cantata entitled the Sanka Cantata. Schickele wrote a number of serious works, including commissioned pieces for symphony orchestras and produced humorous works and parodies under his own name, as well as that of P. D. Q. Bach.
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Official site of the composer and his fictitious 18th Century alter ego. Includes compositions, concert tour schedule, biography, purchase information, crossword puzzle, SchickeleMix radio show on PRI, and track listings for CDs.
Guinness Encyclopedia of UnPopular Music: Peter Schickele
A brief biography with a selected list of works under his own name and as alter ego P. D. Q. Bach.
Wikipedia article noting personal and professional highlights with internal references to related people and topics, including P. D. Q. Bach, and links.
Filmography at IMDb with biography, publicity, and related links.
Detailed biography from the Kennedy Center examines his background and education and deals with both serious and humorous output.
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