Long Live the King
Mixed chorus SAB Choir, Tenors May Be Divided Between the Alto and Bass Parts. Using Solo Voices, the Piece May Be Performed STB.
Composed by PDQ Bach (1935-). Edited by Professor Peter Schickele. Choral. Performance score. With Standard notation. Composed NOVEMBER 13 2001. 8 pages. Duration 2 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #312-41856. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.312418560).
Item Number: PR.312418560
ISBN 1598062506. Key: E-flat major.
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'.