Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion

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Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion
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Studio album by P. D. Q. Bach
Released 1992
Recorded November 17, 1990
April 17, 1992
June 30, 1992
Genre Classical
Length 52:52
Label Telarc
P. D. Q. Bach chronology
WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio
Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion
Two Pianos Are Better Than One

Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion was released in 1992 by Telarc Records. The album contains one piece by Professor Peter Schickele writing under his own name and several pieces by him as P. D. Q. Bach.

This album won the Grammy Award for best comedy album in 1992. The runners-up were Naked Beneath My Clothes (Rita Rudner), Jonathan Winters is Terminator 3 (Jonathan Winters), An Evening with George Burns (George Burns), and Off the Deep End ("Weird Al" Yankovic).[1]


  • Professor Peter Schickele, intellectual guide
  • Turtle Mountain Naval Base Tactical Wind Ensemble (i.e. National Symphonic Winds, cond. Lowell Graham)
  • Tennessee Bassoon Quartet
  • David McGill, bassoon
  • Joe Tersero, Contrabassoon
  • Andrew Cleaver, Saxophone
  • Ronald Bishop, tuba
  • Kerry Moffit, Trumpet/Cornet

Track listing[edit]

1. Introduction (1:22)

Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds & Percussion, S. 1000 (P.D.Q. Bach)
2. I. Grand Entrance (1:41)
3. II. Simply Grand Minuet (2:51)
4. III. Romance in the Grand Manner (2:37)
5. IV. Rondo Mucho Grando (4:04, including the Crasho Grosso at the beginning of the movement and created by dropping a lot of percussion equipment)

6. Introduction (1:04)

"Dutch" Suite, S. -16 (P.D.Q. Bach)
7. I. Mr. Minuit's Minuet (2:37)
8. II. Panther Dance (2:46)
9. III. Dance of the Grand Dams (2:49)
10. IV. The Lowland Fling (2:13)

11. Introduction (0:54)

Six Contrary Dances, S. 39 (P.D.Q. Bach)
12. I. Maestoso animoso (2:37)
13. II. Daintissimo (1:28)
14. III. Allegro, but not too mucho (2:15)
15. IV. Molto moderato (2:06)
16. V. Vivace cucarace (0:44)
17. VI. Moving right alongo (1:10)

18. Introduction (0:56)
19. Lip My Reeds, S. 32' (P.D.Q. Bach) (4:31)
20. Door Prize Scene: Fanfare for Fred, S. F4F (P.D.Q. Bach) (2:20)
21. Introduction (0:48)
22. March of the Cute Little Wood Sprites, S. Onesy Twosy (P.D.Q. Bach) (3:51)
23. Introduction (0:50)
24. Last Tango in Bayreuth (Professor Schickele) (2:42)
25. Closing (0:32)



  1. ^ Past Winners Database for the 1992 Grammy Awards

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