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The Seasonings (S. 1 1/2 Tsp.)

Oratorio for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Soloists. Mixed Chorus (SATB) and Orchestra

By PDQ Bach

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Chamber ensemble Soprano, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Soprano solo, Alto solo, Tenor solo, Bass solo, Keyboard
Oratorio for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Soloists. Mixed Chorus (SATB) and Orchestra. Composed by PDQ Bach (1935-). Edited by Professor Peter Schickele. Voice and piano. With Standard notation. S 1 1/2 tsp. 44 pages. Duration 20 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #411-41054. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.411410540).

Item Number: PR.411410540

ISBN 1491109432. Text: Peter Schickele.

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.

  • No. 1 "Tarragon of virtue is full" 
  • No. 2 "And There Were In The Same Country" (Recitative: Tenor And Bass) 
  • No. 3 "Bide thy ryhme" 
  • No. 4 Fugue (Orchestra) 
  • No. 5 "Then Asked He" (Recitative: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, And Bass) 
  • No. 6 "By the leeks of Babylon" 
  • No. 7 "Then She Gave In" (Recitative: Tenor) 
  • No. 8 "Open Sesame Seeds" (Aria: Bass) 
  • No. 9 "So Saying" (Recitative: Soprano, Alto, Tenor And Bass) 
  • No. 10 "Summer Is A Cumin Seed" (Duet: Soprano And Alto) 
  • No. 11 "To Curry Favor, Favor Curry" (Soloists And Chorus) 
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