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Oct. 19th, 2011 | 10:48 pm
mood: amusedamused

I never knew before, but apparently Philip Glass and Peter Schickele (the latter better known as the man who found created P.D.Q. Bach) were classmates at Juilliard School. In fact, Schickele even did a parody of at least one of Glass's works, entitled "Einstein on the Fritz".

What's more, according to this biography of Schickele, Glass spoke very highly of Schickele in an article in the Smithsonian in 1990, stating that "Peter was, in all my class, the most gifted. [...] He could write synthetic Copeland, synthetic Stravinsky, and for that matter, synthetic Bach and Mozart. [...] He inspired us simply because he made music seem easy. He had no fear of the terrors of composition; he took the anxiety out of making music."

And did you know that Schickele also wrote some music for Sesame Street (not as P.D.Q. Bach, admittedly)?

There's no real point to this entry; I just thought it was all rather neat.

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from: porsupah
date: Oct. 20th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)

I wish I could better tie together these wondrous nuggets of knowledge. ^_^ It's information like that which helps illuminate the actual world of a realm of knowledge, lending it context, showing the connections that led and influenced others.

Meanwhile, I someday hope to finally get around to really doing something with Animoog, Beatmaker 2, and Addictive Synth. ^_^; (When I got my iPad, I'd hoped it'd be good for music apps, but I'm still surprised at the sheer variety available, let alone the low cost)

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from: schnee
date: Oct. 20th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)

When you do get around to playing around with those, be sure to share your experiences (as well as any possible results). :)

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