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NARAS Luncheon:  Mr. Schickele’s duties as host of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) “Salute to Classical Music” luncheon on February 20, 2003 included a visit to the piano (left) plus the opportunity to interview young cellist Benjamin Lai (above).
 

Gabby Hayes Radio Spot:  During the 2002-2003 season, Mr. Schickele was Composer In Residence with the Pasadena Symphony, giving him a great opportunity to investigate how California musical institutions try to attract new audiences to classical music.  The most interesting example was this radio commercial featuring Western movie star Gabby Hayes (not pictured, left).
Gabby Hayes Radio Spot for the Hollywood Bowl Webern Festival
 
George On My Mind:  When jazz legend George Shearing (not necessarily pictured, right) celebrated his 80th birthday, Peter Schickele wrote this piece and presented this recording at a Shearing birthday bash in Carnegie Hall on November 30, 1999.  The recording was performed and produced by Peter Lurye and Peter Schickele (the same team which created the station ID’s for WTWP). 
 Audio Samples can be played using the free RealAudio player. 

 

 

     
Although he has recently become a “Golden Ager,” Mr. Schickele’s face only rarely shows signs of age.
 
Sometimes, as in this case in May of 2002, between rehearsals for the Armadillo String Quartet’s annual “Music of Peter Schickele” concerts, the namesake of those concerts stops by the house of Armadillo cellist Armen Ksajikian (heard on Schickele Mix and Bluegreene) and has his head examined by Armadillo “founder, 1st violinist and resident composer/arranger (when Peter’s not here)” and now photographer Barry Socher.
     

A Discerning Bug?

This is a true story.  It happened in a teaching studio at the UConn (University of Connecticut) Community School of the Arts this week while I was waiting for a student to show up for her piano lesson.  Yes, believe it or else, there are other things going on at UConn besides basketball.  Anyway, I was passing the time by sight-reading my way through P.D.Q. Bach’s Notebook for Betty-Sue Bach — actually I was on part II  “Corrate” — and was wondering how exactly to “make appropriate Samurai faces and sounds” as directed in the score.  While playing and pondering, I was attacked by what seemed to be a gigantic insect.  It flew out of nowhere into my eye and stayed there until I screamed and flailed at it.  After it finally flew off, I looked around the room and saw it — a common ordinary house fly.  I tried to shoo it out the door, but it disappeared somewhere in the room.  A member of the office staff appeared at that point to say my student was caught in traffic and would not be coming — I thought at first that this staff member had heard my screams and was coming out of concern for my welfare.  After she left, I started playing something else — actually, anything I could find lying around in the room.  When that became boring, I switched back to the P.D.Q. Bach piece.  Bad idea!  Out came the fly from hiding — I got dive-bombed several times until I stopped playing that piece.  I don’t know if it was the piece itself or my execution of it that provoked the attacks.  [It was the piece.—Ed.]

—Dorothy Bognar
(Still wondering how to
do those Samurai things)
January 15, 2004

Kay Casteel made this drawing after seeing her niece and nephew’s positive reaction to Listen Here, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Mr. Schickele’s friendly answer to scary dinosaurs. 

 An audio sample of Listen Here, Tyrannosaurus Rex is included below so that you can experience both the music and the artwork that was inspired by it at the same time.  This sample is from the album P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele:  The Jekyll and Hyde Tour, copyright 2007 Telarc International.

 

A note from the Webmeister:  “I would like to thank the members of the Academy for allowing us to post the pictures from the NARAS luncheon.  I’d also like to thank Peter Luyre, who not only performed on and produced, but also provided permission to post George On My Mind.  I’d also like to thank Kay Casteel, Artistaurus Rex, for kindly letting us include her drawing, Dorothy Bognar for her short story, and Armadillo Barry Socher for his photographs.  Finally, every Web page is a collaborative effort, so thanks Peter, Michèle, my wife and kids, and, last but not least, God.”

 

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