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YMMV / P.D.Q. Bach

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  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Old Shame, The 'Sanka' Cantata is mostly puns on the names of the people whose house they recorded it in. More bizarrely, the role of the discoverer was played by David Schickele as Sir Osbronk Chapie, Bart.
  • Genius Bonus: The music itself is very funny, but it becomes about 300% funnier if you know your classical music.
  • Older Than They Think: Most listeners think the structure of the "Please Kind Sir" chorus, in which different singers have different parts that overlap to produce the hidden phrase "look up her dress" is another of PDQ's "innovations". However, this is an authentic Baroque form called a "catch", that allowed composers to sneak in explicit or politically subervsive lyrics while allowing the sheet music, not containing the hidden phrase spelled out, to be publishable. "See the Bowl Sparkles" is a 1773 example; on the surface, its lyrics refer to the pleasures of drinking wine, but when all four parts are sung together, it delves into Country Matters.
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  • Throw It In!: An inversion, perhaps, Schickele revealed on an episode of his radio show that John Ferrante's voice cracked on the word "soothSAYer" during the live, and only recording of The Seasongings. Henceforth, he would purposely sing it wrong in performances to match the LP (and because, hey, it's funny).

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