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P.D.Q. Bach's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

Postby Giga_B » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:57 pm

hi everybody! i'm here to ask if anyone's heard pdq bach's version of eine kleine nachtmusik, it's like a medley with many other familiar classical songs, it feels like i should know them hehe
but i haven't found any of them on kickass, so i'm asking you through this forum, great idea by the way!
here's a link with a preview of the song, at least it features one of the familiar unknown songs hehe
(on audio samples, play the ram file at 1:53)

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Re: P.D.Q. Bach's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

Postby kickassclassical » Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:08 am

"Eine Kleine Nichtmusik" is a brilliant musical parody of Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik." It is by musicologist Peter Schickele, who goes by the artist name P.D.Q. Bach. The piece is a musical joke that incorporates several other famous classical and traditional tunes.

Mozart himself was quite the prankster gangster, and wrote an actual composition titled "A Musical Joke." Interestingly enough, he released "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" about two months later. So P.D.Q. Bach's piece is really a tribute from one talented musical jokester to another.

The joke starts with the title. Whereas "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" is German for "A Little Night Music," P.D.Q. Bach's title roughly translates to "A Little Not Music." The piece was released on the album "Portrait Of P. D. Q. Bach" in 1977, and is one of the few pieces credited to Peter Schickele rather than his alter ego P.D.Q. Bach.

"Nichtmusik," like "Nachtmusik," is divided into four movements. It's a bit shorter, and clocks in under 12 minutes, while Mozart's original is over 17 minutes long. Here is our list of all the pieces referenced in "Eine Kleine Nichtmusik," with stars next to those pieces featured in the Kickass Classical Top 100:

1st movement (:00-3:56)
Anonymous, "Turkey In The Straw"
Liszt, "Piano Concerto No. 1"
Brahms, "Symphony No. 3," 4th Movement
Mozart, "La Ci Darem La Mano" from "Don Giovanni"
Mozart, "Piano Concerto No. 23," 1st Movement
Mozart, "Voi Che Sapete" from "The Marriage Of Figaro"
Anonymous, "Song Of The Volga Boatmen”
Anonymous, "D'ya Ken John Peel? (Do You Know John Peel?)"
Mozart, "Symphony No. 1," 1st Movement
Anonymous, "Mexican Hat Dance"
Mozart, "Voi Che Sapete" from "The Marriage Of Figaro"
Rachmaninoff, "Piano Concerto No. 2," 1st Movement
Sousa, "The Thunderer March"
Beethoven, "Symphony No. 7," 4th Movement
Mozart, "Symphony No. 41 In C (Jupiter)," 4th Movement
* Dvorak, "Symphony No. 9 In E Minor (From The New World)"
Dvorak, "Polka In E Major"
Brahms, "Symphony No. 4," 1st Movement
Handel, "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" from "Messiah"
* Beethoven, "Symphony No. 5," 4th Movement
Daniel Decatur Emmett, "Dixie"
Shostakovich, "Symphony No. 9," 1st Movement
* Tchaikovsky, "March" from "The Nutcracker"

2nd movement (4:00-7:39)
Stephen Foster, "(I Dream Of) Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair"
Tchaikovsky, "Romance No. 6 (None But The Lonely Heart)"
Anonymous, "Mary Had A Little Lamb"
* Tchaikovsky, "Swan Lake," 1st Movement
Beethoven, "Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor," 1st Movement
Rimsky-Korsakov, "Scheherazade," 1st Movement
Mendelssohn, "Song Without Words No. 30 (Spring Song)"
Brahms, "Symphony No. 4," 1st Movement
Anonymous, "Auld Lang Syne"
* Verdi, "Anvil Chorus" from Il Trovatore
Wagner, "Tristan Und Isolde," Prelude
Anonymous, "Alouette (Gentille Alouette)"
Rachmininoff, "Piano Concerto No. 2," 3rd Movement

3rd movement (7:41-9:46)
Anonymous, "Loop De Loop"
* Beethoven, "Symphony No. 5 In C Minor," 1st Movement
Anonymous, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
Mussorgsky "Boris Godunov," Prologue, Scene 2
Anonymous, "Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be? (Johnny's So Long At The Fair)"
Rimsky-Korsakov, "Scheherazade," 4th Movement

4th movement (9:50-11:35)
Stephen Foster, "Oh Susanna (I Come From Alabama With A Banjo On My Knee)"
* Rossini, "William Tell," Overture
Schubert, "Marche Militaire"
Franck, "Symphony In D Minor," 3rd Movement
* Grieg, "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" from "Peer Gynt"
Mussorgsky "Boris Godunov"
Anonymous, "Ah! Vous Dirai - Je, Maman (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)"
Franck, "Symphony In D Minor," 3rd Movement
Anonymous, "Old Black Joe"
Mozart, "Symphony No. 29 In A Major," 1st Movement
Stravinsky, "Petrushka," Finale
Engelbert Humperdinck, "Hänsel E Gretel"
* Offenbach, "Infernal Galop" from "Orpheus In The Underworld"
Schumann, "Symphony No. 1 (Spring)," 1st Movement
Anonymous, "The Streets Of Cairo (Hootchy Kootchy Dance)"
Mussorgsky, "Great Gate Of Kiev" from "Pictures At An Exhibition"
Strauss, "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks"

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Re: P.D.Q. Bach's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

Postby Giga_B » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:23 pm

2 words: you kickass! huahauhaua
that is waaaaaaay more than I expected! carry on with the great job! thanks!
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