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P.D.Q. Bach

Born: May 5, 1807 in Baden-Baden, Germany
Died: April 1, 1742 in Leipzig, Germany
Nationality: German
Era: Classical
Main genre: Classical Satire
Main works:
The Abduction of Figaro
Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle, and Balloons
The Stoned Guest
Concerto for Piano versus Orchestra in Bb Major
Iphigenia in Brooklyn
The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach
Brief biography:

A fictional creation of composer Peter Schickele, the legend of P.D.Q. Bach places him as the youngest child of J.S. Bach. The elder Bach and the rest of the Bach clan ignored P.D.Q. throughout his life, pushing him into obscurity. Interestingly, according to the company that now publishes his works, "...the more he wrote, the more unknown he became. He finally attained total obscurity at the time of his death..." Over eighty of his works have recently (starting in 1954) been "rediscovered" by Schickele and have been performed by over fifty orchestras.

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