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What little-known son of a famous genius has been called: "A musical blight" "A one-man plague" "History's most justifiably neglected composer" "The worst musician ever to trod organ pedals" "A pimple on the face of music" In this long-awaited hoax, possibly the most unimportant piece of scholarship in over two thousand years, Professor Peter Schickele has finally succeeded in What little-known son of a famous genius has been called: "A musical blight" "A one-man plague" "History's most justifiably neglected composer" "The worst musician ever to trod organ pedals" "A pimple on the face of music" In this long-awaited hoax, possibly the most unimportant piece of scholarship in over two thousand years, Professor Peter Schickele has finally succeeded in ripping the veil of obscurity from the most unusual -- to put it kindly -- composer in the history of music: P.D.Q. Bach, the last and unquestionably the least of the great Johann Sebastian Bach's many children.


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What little-known son of a famous genius has been called: "A musical blight" "A one-man plague" "History's most justifiably neglected composer" "The worst musician ever to trod organ pedals" "A pimple on the face of music" In this long-awaited hoax, possibly the most unimportant piece of scholarship in over two thousand years, Professor Peter Schickele has finally succeeded in What little-known son of a famous genius has been called: "A musical blight" "A one-man plague" "History's most justifiably neglected composer" "The worst musician ever to trod organ pedals" "A pimple on the face of music" In this long-awaited hoax, possibly the most unimportant piece of scholarship in over two thousand years, Professor Peter Schickele has finally succeeded in ripping the veil of obscurity from the most unusual -- to put it kindly -- composer in the history of music: P.D.Q. Bach, the last and unquestionably the least of the great Johann Sebastian Bach's many children.

30 review for The definitive biography of P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742)?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Eh, it's not that funny. Subpar Monty Python student humour, and I don't find Python funny anyway.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Ramirer

    eine wunderbare, unverzichtbare biographie dieses leider immer noch viel zu unbekannten bach-sohns, der standards setzte, auf die die welt der klassischen musik gerne auch verzichtet hätte. ein genuss für musikliebhaber- und aber auch für erziehungsbedingte hasser der klassischen musik. - auch beim zweiten lesen ein unfassbarer genuß, wie detailliert und kreativ hier die klassische musik durch den hochprozentigen kakao gezogen wird!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karyl

    If you've never heard of P.D.Q. Bach, the least of J.S. Bach's twenty-odd children, you probably have no business reading this. But if you have, it's a funny little romp through the life of one of the worst composers in history.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Coenraad

    This book is sheer comedic genius. A five star rating does not do it justice. I do not think that any book has ever made me laugh so much, so loudly and so many times, and I doubt any other will (in movie world, Team America: World Police has managed a similar response). If you know the world of classical music, this is a major treat because it is irreverent, witty and well executed. Even the art of bookmaking does not get off scot-free ... Hierdie kamma-biografie is sekerlik die snaaksste boek w This book is sheer comedic genius. A five star rating does not do it justice. I do not think that any book has ever made me laugh so much, so loudly and so many times, and I doubt any other will (in movie world, Team America: World Police has managed a similar response). If you know the world of classical music, this is a major treat because it is irreverent, witty and well executed. Even the art of bookmaking does not get off scot-free ... Hierdie kamma-biografie is sekerlik die snaaksste boek waarmee ek nog ooit te doen gekry het. Vir musiekkenners is dit soos die soet aan die einde van die ete. Ek twyfel sterk dat ek al ooit so baie, so luid en so lank gelag het vir enigiets as vir hierdie boek nie (wel, daar is die rolprent Team America: Wirld Police ...) en ek twyfel of enigiets anders dit ooit sal regkry. Nie eers die kuns van boekmaak kom skotvry daarvan af nie!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tom Schulte

    I have long enjoyed and found hilarious the Peter Schickele hoax/farce of P.D.Q. Bach. I first was introduced through the now defunct Detroit classical music FM station WQRS. After collecting records, I now have enjoyed this detailed and encompassing book-length treatment of the joke. I think it hits my funnybone the same way Monty Python does for being irreverent and smartly funny and I see in reading these old chestnuts that some of this stuff has crept into my own repertoire and become part o I have long enjoyed and found hilarious the Peter Schickele hoax/farce of P.D.Q. Bach. I first was introduced through the now defunct Detroit classical music FM station WQRS. After collecting records, I now have enjoyed this detailed and encompassing book-length treatment of the joke. I think it hits my funnybone the same way Monty Python does for being irreverent and smartly funny and I see in reading these old chestnuts that some of this stuff has crept into my own repertoire and become part of my own sense of humor...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rex Libris

    Not since the publication of Leslie Nielsen's "The Naked Truth" has there been such an unvarnished, starkly truthful account of a life. Along with the biographical details of Bach's life, Schikele includes a collection of plates featuring Bach and his habitations, as well as an annotated discography. Well worth reading, and indeed a must-read, for anyone who likes authentic music and rare instruments.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    The Mad Magazine of classical music. Humor in a jocular vein.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robu-sensei

    Hilarious history of the last of the twenty-odd children of Johann Sebastian Bach, and definitely the oddest. The more you know about classical music, the more this biography will make you laugh. Some of the humor is very sophisticated. Includes detailed descriptions of many of P.D.Q. Bach's works, a few of which have appeared on albums since the biography was published. No fan of P.D.Q. Bach or of his official historian, Prof. Peter Schickele, should be without this essential reference work.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Dickson

    If you love classical music, if you studied classical music, you have to listen to Peter Schiclele's "P.D.Q. Bach" parodies. Catch him live, if you can, but there are plenty of recordings if you can't. This book is just icing on the already sumptuous cake.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    One of the funniest books I've ever had the pleasure to read. My latest re-reading didn't have as many laugh-out-loud moments, since I'm so familiar with the text, but there were still plenty of snickers and smiles.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brent Yorgason

    Essential reading for music nerds.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Schlesinger

    "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that je-ne-sais-quoi."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    Every musician should read it - I actually thought it was true the first time I read it :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Billy

    With such well-known works as "Oedipus Tex" and "Fanfare for the Common Cold", is it any wonder that PDQ Bach reigns as one of the greatest composers of all time?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Burrow

    The more you know about music history, the funnier this book becomes. This is the ultimate parody.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    So funny - brilliant book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robert Kaufman

    Without a doubt. My favorite non-existent composer/musician of all time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Potter

    meh

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    Absolutely daft but pant-wettingly funny.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rob Travis

  21. 5 out of 5

    Billy Smith

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steven Sodders

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eric Goodill

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wonder Wheel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Noah Jacobus

  30. 4 out of 5

    Javery Axel Mann

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