The Wurst of P. D. Q. Bach

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The Wurst of P. D. Q. Bach
Compilation album by P. D. Q. Bach
Released 1971
Label Vanguard Records
P. D. Q. Bach chronology
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The Wurst of P. D. Q. Bach is a collection of works by Peter Schickele under his comic pseudonym of P. D. Q. Bach originally recorded on the Vanguard Records label by the composer. It includes "lowlights" from four different Vanguard albums: An Evening with P. D. Q. Bach (1807–1742)?, An Hysteric Return: P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall, Report from Hoople: P. D. Q. Bach on the Air, and P. D. Q. Bach's half-act opera The Stoned Guest. Wurst is the German word for sausage, with the album cover photograph set in a sausage shop.


  • Professor Peter Schickele, Hardart, Wine Bottle, conductor
  • Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jorge Mester
  • The Royal P. D. Q. Bach Festival Orchestra, Jorge Mester, conductor
  • The Orchestra of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople Heavy Opera Company under the direction of John Nelson
  • The New York Pick-Up Ensemble
  • Marlene Kleinman, mezzanine-soprano
  • Lorna Haywood, off-coloratura
  • John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor
  • William Woolf, bass
  • Bernice, houndentenor (Dog)
  • Will Jordan as Milton Host
  • Bill Macy as Paul Henry Lung
  • The Okay Chorale, John Nelson, director
  • I Virtuosi di Hoople
  • Amateur Musica Antiqua of Hoople
  • Robert Dennis, announcer and callioper
  • Ralph Froelich, French horn
  • Leonid Hambro, harpsichord
  • Seymour Platt, trumpet mouthpiece

Track listing (two disc version)[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  • Larghissimo – Allegro Boffo
  • Menuetto con Brio ma senza Trio
  • Adagio Saccharino
  • Yehudi Menuetto
  • Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio

Disc two[edit]

  • 1. "Unbegun" Symphony (Prof. Schickele)
  • IV. Andante – Allegro
  • Introduction
  • Overture
  • Recitative and aria: "Now is the season"
  • Recitative and trio: "I'm sure I'd be"
  • Intermission feature: Opera Whiz
  • Plot Synopsis
  • Finale: "O saviour"
  • Chorus: "Tarragon of virtue is full"
  • Recitative: "And there were in the same country"
  • Duet: "Bide thy thyme"
  • Fugue
  • Recitative: "Then asked he"
  • Chorale: "By the leeks of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept"
  • Aria: "Open sesame seeds"
  • Recitative: "So saying"
  • Duet: "Summer is a cumin seed"
  • Chorus with Soloists: "To curry favor, favor curry"

Track listing (single disc version)[edit]

  • 1. Concerto for Horn and Hardart, S. 27 (P. D. Q. Bach)
  • Allegro
  • Tema con variazione
  • Menuetto con Panna e Zucchero
  • 2. Cantata: Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 53162 (P. D. Q. Bach)
  • Aria
  • Recitative
  • Ground
  • Recitative
  • Aria
  • 3. Schleptet in E-flat major (P. D. Q. Bach)
  • Larghissimo – Allegro Boffo
  • Menuetto con Brio ma senza Trio
  • Adagio Saccharino
  • Yehudi Menuetto
  • Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio
  • 4. Eine Kleine Nichtmusik (Prof. Schickele)
  • Allegro
  • Romanze
  • Menuetto
  • Rondo
  • 5. New Horizons in Music Appreciation: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
  • 6. What's My Melodic Line?
  • 7. Madrigal "My bonnie lass she smelleth" from The Triumphs of Thusnelda (P. D. Q. Bach)