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Peter Schickele

Peter Schickele is a renowned American composer. Inspired by the music of Spike Jones, as a young teenager, he also studied composition and music history at Juilliard. After graduating from Juilliard he asked himself what in the world he was going to do with a PhD in music history, and proceeded to rewrite it (history, that is) by discovering ... See full bio »

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Silent Running Composer
Fantasia 2000 Music Department
Oh! Calcutta! Composer


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 2006 P.D.Q. Bach in Houston: We Have a Problem (Video) (as P.D.Q. Bach, original music by)
 2002 'Silent Running': By Director Douglas Trumbull (Video documentary short)
 2002 Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now (Video short)
 1984 The Abduction of Figaro by P.D.Q Bach (1807-1742)? (as P.D.Q. Bach, original music by)
 1975 Where the Wild Things Are (Short) (1988 version)
 1972 Oh! Calcutta!
 1967 Funnyman
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(1974-1975 season) He was composer for John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont's play, "The Knight of the Burning Pestle," at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Brooks Jones was adapter and director. Paul Zalon was set designer. Bill Walker was costume designer. Judy Rasmuson was lighting designer. See more »

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Alternate Names:

P.D.Q. Bach | Professor Peter Schickele

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I have a long history of fooling around with other people's music. See more »


2005 marks the 40th anniversary of his first "discovery" of the music of P.D.Q. Bach. The year will be marked with performances of the concert now titled "P.D.Q. Bach: The Vegas Years" which includes the latest P.D.Q. Bach "discovery" "Gott sei dank, daß heute Freitag ist" ("Thank God It's Friday"). See more »


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