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Pianist Laura Leon

PETER SCHICKELE: A VERY HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY!

PETER SCHICKELE A VERY HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY

Peter Schickele receiving the Classical Recording Foundation's Composer of the Year Award at its 2013 Weill Recital Hall Gala presented by WNYC's John Schaefer, following pianist Laura Leon's performances of solo piano works by the composer.



Happy Birthday Peter Schickele!

Peter Schickele is a national treasure, one of our country's most creative and versatile composers. His birthday today shares the extra celebration of 2015 being the 50th anniversary of the first P.D.Q. Bach concert- the composer having been "discovered" by Professor Peter Schickele. It took place at New York's Town Hall on April 24, 1965.

Peter Schickele's own compositions number over 100: works for orchestra (including his Symphony No. 1 "Songlines" commissioned by the National Symphony), choral, chamber and solo instrumental, vocal, movies and television. He has received 5 Grammy Awards, including P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture and Other Musical Assaults. His nationally acclaimed NPR program Schickele Mix aired for 15 years.

He arranged musical segments for Disney's Fantasia 2000 and created the musical score for the film version of Maurice Sendak's children's classic Where the Wild Things Are. Peter Schickele is recognized as one of the great musical satirists in creating P.D.Q. Bach. Vanguard released eleven albums of P.D.Q. Bach (the fabled genius's works); Telarc has released six.

I have had the privilege of performing and recording Peter Schickele's (and P.D.Q. Bach's) piano and chamber works for many years, including his-and P.D.Q. Bach's-never before recorded piano works on Musical Tapestries' 2014 release Morning Music: Piano Works by Peter Schickele & P.D.Q. Bach.

Peter Schickele is a master of refined, streamlined composition, contouring simple musical lines brilliantly and refreshing traditional melodies, transforming them anew-while often blending his love of folk tunes and popular music, which he brings to the contemporary classical realm with finesse and sensitivity.

Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach have changed the world's musical landscape
and they continue to enlighten it for musicians and music lovers alike!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER SCHICKELE!!

updated: 2 years ago