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Peter Schickele

Born: 1935. Died: 2024. Lived in: United States

Peter Schickele wasa composer and pianist, perhaps best known for his satirical alter-ego P.D.Q. Bach. In the early seasons of Sesame Street, Schickele scored several live action films produced by Mark Sadan and Kirk Smallwood, including three riddle films and "Where the Garbage Goes."

A classically trained musician, Schickele attended Juilliard with Philip Glass. As P.D.Q. Bach, an obscure and questionably talented son of Johann Sebastian Bach, Schickele has created a complex history of continually unearthed "lost" recordings and compositions. Notable works include "Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion," "Classical Rap, S. 96th St," "Toot Suite," "Canine Cantata," and the operas The Stoned Guest and Oedipus Tex. He introduced his P.D.Q. Bach concerts as "Professor" Peter Schickele of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople.

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Obituary, New York Times, Peter Schickele, Composer and Gleeful Sire of P.D.Q. Bach, Dies at 88


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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P.D.Q. Bach - Peter Schickele : Madcap Madrigals : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

P.D.Q. Bach - Peter Schickele : Madcap Madrigals

A whimsical collection of original madrigals written by the maestro of classical mirth. Your ensemble will have as much fun singing them as the audience does listening.

Songlist: My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth, Four Curmudgeonly Canons, The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give, O Little Town of Hackensack, Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John, Good King Kong Looked Out, Two Hearts, Four Lips, Three Little Words

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Voicing: SATB | 2217b | Sheet Music Collection | $12.35 | A Cappella


P.D.Q. Bach - Peter Schickele : A Consort of Choral Christmas Carols : SSAA : Sheet Music Collection

P.D.Q. Bach - Peter Schickele : A Consort of Choral Christmas Carols

Professor Peter Schickele is an American treasure who is been delighting audiences for almost half a century with his clever, humorous and very entertaining alter ego P.D.Q. Bach. Here are three of his finest songs for SSAA voices. Fun for singers and audiences alike!

Songlist: Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John, O Little Town of Hackensack, Good King Kong Looked Out

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Voicing: SSAA | 6052b | Sheet Music Collection | $5.50 | A Cappella


Peter Schickele : Go For Broke - A Comedy For Chorus : SATB : Songbook : 462-00031

Peter Schickele : Go For Broke - A Comedy For Chorus

Around the turn of the 17th century of small group of Italian noblemen and composers, seeking to re-create classic Greek tragedy as they understood it. invented the opera. A somewhat earlier, simpler, and less revolutionary form of musical storytelling was the madrigal opera or madrigal comedy developed by Vecchi and other composers. These works, which were not necessarily staged, consisted of a series of madrigals that told a comic story; unlike opera as we have come to know it, however, this was basically choral form, with vocal ensemble playing the part of a narrator as well as that of each individual character.

Go For Broke is patterned on this model. It consists of six madrigals, that tell the story of a man who find out that good luck is not enough. Sometimes the chorus' words are those of a narrator (Prologue: "Here's John Q. Public..."), and sometimes they are those of our hero himself, or his friend the bartender, or the host of people who descend upon him when good fortune strikes (the middle numbers: Taxes, Charity, and Company at the Bar). The Finale even has a moral. The piece may be done as a concert work or it may be staged in a variety of ways. Although some of the sections may, at the discretion of the performing group, employ solo voices, GO FOR BROKE is basically a story told by a chorus.

Songlist: Prologue, Taxes, Charity, Kin, Company at the Bar, Finale

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Voicing: SATB | 7223b | Songbook | $9.95 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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1. Richard At Vezelay (From "Two Meditations") : TTB  : Peter Schickele : Songbook : 362-03302 : 680160059102

Peter Schickele : 1. Richard At Vezelay (From "Two Meditations")

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03302


After Spring Sunset : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03412 : 680160060023

Peter Schickele : After Spring Sunset

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $4.25 | A Cappella |
362-03412


Birthday Ode to "Big Daddy" Bach : SATB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 412-41067 : 680160088423

Peter Schickele : Birthday Ode to "Big Daddy" Bach

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $5.99 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 412-41067


Captain Fate : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03296 : 680160059058

Peter Schickele : Captain Fate

Peter Schickele's characteristic "twinkle in the eye"is present in all three of his Three Pirate Songs, for intermediate to advanced men's choir. Captain Fate is rousing, brisk, and whimsical in a lilting 6/8 meter.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03296


Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" -  Fall : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03383 : 680160059744

Peter Schickele : Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" - Fall

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $4.50 |
362-03383


Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" -  Prologue : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03382 : 680160059737

Peter Schickele : Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" - Prologue

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 | A Cappella |
362-03382


Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" - Spring : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03385 : 680160059768

Peter Schickele : Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" - Spring

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $4.25 |
362-03385


Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" - Summer : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03386 : 680160059775

Peter Schickele : Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" - Summer

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.00 |
362-03386


Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" - Winter : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03384 : 680160059751

Peter Schickele : Concerto for Piano and Chorus "The Twelve Months" - Winter

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362-03384


Four Curmudgeonly Canons : SATB : Peter Schickele : The Seasons of a Malcontent : Sheet Music : 312-41675

Peter Schickele : Four Curmudgeonly Canons

Winter's Over, Spring Is Gone, Summer Has Passed, Autumn Is over Edited in a timely manner by Professor Peter Schickele

Performed By: The Seasons of a Malcontent

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41675


Gloria From "Diptych" (A Set Of Two Sacred Choral Works for Christmas) : SAB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03222 : 680160058556

Peter Schickele : Gloria From "Diptych" (A Set Of Two Sacred Choral Works for Christmas)

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03222


Good King Kong Looked Out : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-41182

Peter Schickele : Good King Kong Looked Out

Reverently Edited by Professor Peter Schickele

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.75 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41182


Good King Kong Looked Out : SSAA : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-41279

Peter Schickele : Good King Kong Looked Out

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41279


Good King Kong Looked Out : SAB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 312-41280 : 680160046768

Peter Schickele : Good King Kong Looked Out

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41280


Guide My Soul : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03392 : 680160059836

Peter Schickele : Guide My Soul

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
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| 362-03392


Happy Birthday, Beth : 2-Part : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03401 : 680160059928

Peter Schickele : Happy Birthday, Beth

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03401


If You Will Try It : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03422 : 680160604760

Peter Schickele : If You Will Try It

We are pleased to present a short, fun duet (or two-part choral) from Schickele, long featured on his personal programs. If You Will Try It was written for the 86th birthday of Schickele's mother. Dur.: 1'15"

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03422


Jonah's Song : TTBB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03303 : 680160059119

Peter Schickele : Jonah's Song

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
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| 362-03303


Knock, Knock : SATB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 412-41073 : 680160088478

Peter Schickele : Knock, Knock

This choral cantata is a setting of a number of jokes in different genres, including the one about the amorous porpoises, baby seagulls and staid lion.

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $7.99 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 412-41073


Liebeslieder Polkas, S. 2/4 : SAB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 312-41328 : 680160047147

Peter Schickele : Liebeslieder Polkas, S. 2/4

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41328


Liebeslieder Polkas, S. 2/4 : SATB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 312-41330 : 680160047161

Peter Schickele : Liebeslieder Polkas, S. 2/4

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41330


Long Live The King : SATB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 312-41856 : 680160584543

Peter Schickele : Long Live The King

Theodore Presser Company announces the release of its first P.D.Q. Bach octavo in about ten years, a hilarious and satirical ode to the King of France, who was beheaded during the French Revolution, complete with sound effects. The historical tie-in makes Long Live the King appropriate for high school choir in particular. The program notes have a fictitious story about how the composer found an old manuscript written by his departed uncle, with a note - "I have just composed a major choral work in honor of the recent revolution in France, called Long Live the King; the title, I hasten to assure you, is meant to be ironic - my sympathies are always with the people, especially the people who run taverns. The invention of the guillotine gives, I think you will agree, new meaning to the term "head of state." For intermediate choirs. Duration: 2'

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41856


Mass for Men's Voices : TBB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03397 : 680160059881

Peter Schickele : Mass for Men's Voices

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $3.00 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03397


Music for A Wedding : Unison : Prof. Peter Schickele : Prof. Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03304 : 680160059126

Prof. Peter Schickele : Music for A Wedding

Composer: Prof. Peter Schickele

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
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| 362-03304


My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth : SSATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-40795

Peter Schickele : My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth

Two Madrigals from The Triumths of Thusnelda. Edited with feeling by Professor Peter Schickele

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $1.75 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-40795


My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03418 : 680160587391

Peter Schickele : My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord

Commissioned by the composer's college music instructor, William Reese, for his choir in Rockland County, New York, Schickele's setting of the first part of the Magnificat text. It was premiered in April of 1998 by the Rockland Camerata. As most of Schickele's choral works are secular, this is a rare and truly lovely contribution to the sacred choral library from a well-known composer. From Schickele's notes: "In the outer sections of the work the three musical entities (chorus, piano, and the strings) are given overlapping homophonic phrases much in the manner of Monteverdi's and the Gabrielis' antiphonal choir pieces in early 17th-century Venice, although, of course, the harmonic language is completely different. The middle sections feature lyrical vocal lines over repeated instrumental figures, leading to a climactic ending." String parts available on rental. Duration: 4'30"

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03418


O Little Town of Hackensack : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-41181

Peter Schickele : O Little Town of Hackensack

Reverently Edited by Professor Peter Schickele

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.65 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41181


O Little Town Of Hackensack : SAB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 312-41281 : 680160046775

Peter Schickele : O Little Town Of Hackensack

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41281


O Little Town of Hackensack : SSAA : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-41284

Peter Schickele : O Little Town of Hackensack

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.65 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41284


Oedipus Tex (S.150) : SATB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 412-41072 : 680160088461

Peter Schickele : Oedipus Tex (S.150)

One of the more ambitious works by P.D.Q. Bach, a dramatic oratorio loosely based on the story of Oedipus the King. Edited from a manuscript discovered at the Alamo in Texas.

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $13.99 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 412-41072


Summer Music : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03390 : 680160059812

Peter Schickele : Summer Music

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
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| 362-03390


Take a Strain, Boys : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03297 : 680160059065

Peter Schickele : Take a Strain, Boys

Peter Schickele's characteristic "twinkle in the eye"is present in all three of his Three Pirate Songs, for intermediate to advanced men's choir.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03297


The Art Of The Ground Round : TBB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 312-41055

Peter Schickele : The Art Of The Ground Round

Art of the Ground Round has three part voice and is arranged by Peter Schickele. A great choral piece!

Composer: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
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| 312-41055


The Birth Of Christ : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 462-00016 : 680160098484

Peter Schickele : The Birth Of Christ

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.75 |
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| 462-00016


The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give : SSATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-40794

Peter Schickele : The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give

Two Madrigals from The Triumths of Thusnelda. Edited with feeling by Professor Peter Schickele

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $1.75 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-40794


The Seasonings (S. 1  Tsp.) : SATB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 411-41054 : 680160087723

Peter Schickele : The Seasonings (S. 1 Tsp.)

The Seasonings is, as far as is known, the only oratorio written by P.D.Q. Bach, and we must thank God for small favors. The oratorio was written during the last of the composer's three creative periods-Contrition-when he gave up many, though not all, of the extravagance of the Soused Period, and the characteristically incompetent characteristics of the Initial Plunge. The work was first published in Liverpool by Jonathan "Boozy" Hawkes, who has been of one P.D.Q.'s many drinking companions. Since the original manuscript has never been found, and since the first published edition was already in English, with no credit given for the liberetto, we can only speculate about the authorship of the text; or, of course, we can simply not think about it at all.

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $9.99 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 411-41054


Three Choruses From E.E. Cummings : SATB : e.e. cummings : Sheet Music : 362-03420

e.e. cummings : Three Choruses From E.E. Cummings

Certainly, the poetry of e. e. cummings has inspired many composers to set words to music, and Schickele answered the call in 1967. We present this important set of earlier Schickele chorals, which in cludes dominic has, dim /I(a, and the delightful maggie and milly and molly and may.

Arranger: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.85 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03420


Three Meditations : SSAA : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03293 : 680160059041

Peter Schickele : Three Meditations

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.75 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03293


Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-41180

Peter Schickele : Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John

Reverently Edited by Professor Peter Schickele

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41180


Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John : SAB : Peter Schickele : P. D. Q. Bach : Sheet Music : 312-41282 : 680160046782

Peter Schickele : Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John

Performed By: P. D. Q. Bach

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.75 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41282


Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John : SSAA : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-41283

Peter Schickele : Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41283


Two Hearts, Four Lips, Three Little Words : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 312-41699

Peter Schickele : Two Hearts, Four Lips, Three Little Words

Lovingly edited by Professor Peter Schickele

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 312-41699


We Have Crossed the Equator Again : SATB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03298 : 680160059072

Peter Schickele : We Have Crossed the Equator Again

Peter Schickele's characteristic "twinkle in the eye"is present in all three of his Three Pirate Songs, for intermediate to advanced men's choir. We Have Crossed the Equator Again is an a cappella stunner, with lyrical, more expressive phrases, as well as full-bodied harmony and lilting 6/8 rhythms that are sure to rouse the nautical spirit.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03298


Who Is This Child? : SAB : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03221 : 680160058549

Peter Schickele : Who Is This Child?

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.75 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03221

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