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Composer: Bach, PDQ

Publisher: Presser

Edition: 114-40580


Echo Sonata (S.9999999....)
for flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, and trombone
by PDQ Bach (1807-1742)?
Obsequiously edited by Professor Peter Schickele
In this work, PDQ demonstrates his inability to handle the antiphonal concept, a concept so central to the structure of Baroque instrumental music that PDQ could no more ignore it than understand it. The musical statements made by the woodwinds, if taken alone, would seem to indicate a giant step forward for the neophyte Bach, since they are surprisingly well conceived when compared to the clumsy vagaries of the earliest traumerei; however, the answers to these statements, played by the brasses, immediately erase any overly optimistic expectations the listener may have developed during the first four measures.
One is tempted to speculate that the two instrumental groups in the Echo Sonata represented to PDQ Bach two opposing aspects of his own personality, and in this light it is interesting to note that it is the vulgar brasses, and not the civilized woodwinds, who have the last word. This work, in fact, may be viewed as a sort of musical Mein Kampf, a blueprint for future outrages which, although certainly innocuous compared to those perpetrated by that later scourge of Europe, would nevertheless probably have been prevented had people realized what they were letting themselves in for. 
Professor Peter Schickele
December 20, 1991
Beulah, North Dakota
Waiting out a Blizzard