A Little Nightmare Music
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P.D.Q. Bach:  A Little Nightmare Music  (Vanguard CD-79448):  P.D.Q. Bach’s opera in one irrevocable act, based on a dream he had December 4, 1791, the night that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died and Antonio Salieri didn't, plus the Octoot and Royal Firewater Musick.

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Performers:

bullet Professor Peter Schickele conducting The New York Pick-Up Ensemble
bulletJames Billings, baritone (Antonio Salieri, a successful composer)
bulletBruce Ford, tenor (Peter Schläfer, a mysterious writer)
bulletGerald Tarack, violinist (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a not successful composer)
bulletPaul Dunkel, flute
bulletSusan Palma, flute
bulletSteve Taylor, oboe
bulletPamela Epple, oboe
bulletCharles Russo, clarinet
bulletJohn Moses, clarinet
bulletLauren Goldstein, bassoon
bulletJane Taylor, bassoon
 

Track Listing

Track Listing:

A Little Nightmare Music, An opera in one irrevocable act, S. 35 (P.D.Q. Bach)

[1]  Aria:  “What sweet music” (Salieri)

[2]  Aria:  “Nature gave us eyes” (Schläfer)

[3]  Duet:  “Uh Oh”

[4]  Finale:  “What hutzpah!”

Octoot for wind instruments, S. 8 (P.D.Q. Bach)

[5]  Vite, tout de suite 

[6]  Lent, tout au moins

[7]  Minuet et, tout à l’heure, trio

[8]  Chanson:  “Toute l’année, hey, hey hey”

[9]  Tout à coup le bout

Royal Firewater Musick for bottles and orchestra (original version), S. 1/5 (P.D.Q. Bach)

[10]  Long;  neat;  long

[11]  March on the rocks

[12]  Minuet with a twist

[13]  Sarabande straight up

[14]  One for the road

 

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Audio Samples

Listen to P.D.Q. Bach:  A Little Nightmare Music:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version.  This Condensed Version gives you the intangible essence of the original recording in one small, easy-to-swallow capsule summary. The hyper folks at Hearer’s Digest have created this sample by slicing, dicing, and splicing, until it somewhat resembles excerpts of the original recording that are “severely truncated, but shorter.”

P.D.Q. Bach:  A Little Nightmare Music:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version

This Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version is made of excerpts from the following:  “What sweet music”;  “Nature gave us eyes”;  “Uh Oh”; and “What hutzpah!” from A Little Nightmare MusicVite, tout de suiteMinuet et, tout à l’heure, trioLent, tout au moinsChanson: “Toute l’année, hey, hey hey”;  and Tout à coup le bout from OctootLong–Neat–LongSarabande straight upMinuet with a twist;  and One for the road from Royal Firewater Musick.

Audio Samples can be played using the free RealAudio player. 

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