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1712 Overture and Other Musical Assaults

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Released  1989
Length  63:08
Release date  1989
Recorded  January 10–11, 1989
Artist  P.D.Q. Bach
Genres  Classical music, Comedy
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Label  Telarc International Corporation
Awards  Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
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1712 Overture and Other Musical Assaults is a classical music album released in 1989 by Telarc Records. The album contains works by P. D. Q. Bach, the alter ego of Professor Peter Schickele (as well as tracks credited to Schickele himself). It is scored "for really big orchestra and some not-quite so big ensembles, plus unique on-location introductions, spoken on the very historical spots where the actual history happened."



  • Professor Peter Schickele, conductor, narrator, pianist, devious instrumentalist and intellectual guide
  • The Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic, Walter Bruno, conductor
  • I Virtuosi di Hoople
  • Track listing

    1. Introduction (1:35)
    2. 1712 Overture, S. 1712 (P.D.Q. Bach) (11:33)
      (Parody of the 1812 Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
    3. Introduction (1:12)
    4. Bach Portrait (Prof. Schickele) (14:32)
      (Parody of Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland)
    5. Introduction (2:53)
    6. Capriccio La Pucelle de New Orleans (The Maid of New Orleans), S. under 18 (P.D.Q. Bach) (3:25)
    7. Introduction (1:14)
    8. Minuet Militaire, S. 1A (P.D.Q. Bach) (3:41)
    9. Introduction (1:33)
    10. Prelude to Einstein on the Fritz, S. e=mt² (P.D.Q. Bach) (6:37)
      (A parody on the title of the opera Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and of Glass's music in general.)
    11. Introduction (1:47)

    The Preachers of Crimetheus, a ballet in one selfless act, S. 988 (P.D.Q. Bach) (12:27)(A parody on The Creatures of Prometheus by Beethoven)

    Caution! Digital Sound Effects

    "Warning! The balloons on track 2, the special sound effects on track 6, and the foghorn on track 14 index 6, are recorded at a realistically high level. Damage could result to speakers or other components if this program is played back at excessively high levels."

    —from the CD liner notes


    Grammy Awards


    11712 Overture Introduction1:38
    21712 Overture (S1712)11:33
    3Bach Portrait Introduction1:14


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