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

Oratorio for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Soloists, Mixed Chorus (S.A.T.B.) and Orchestra

P.D.Q. Bach

Arranged by Peter Schickele
Full Score - Study
Item Number: 411-41054S
Number of Pages: 41
Duration: 0:20:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


Quick Overview

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.

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Arranger Schickele, Peter
Orchestration SATB Soloists, SATB Chorus; 2 Slide Whistles, 2 Kazoos, Tromboon, Windbreaker, Shower Hose, Foghorn, 2 Tpt. Timp. Str.


No. 1 Chorus: "Tarragon of Virtue is Full"
No. 2 Recitative: "And There Were In The Same Country" (Tenor + Bass)
No. 3 Duet: "Bide Thy Thyme" (Soprano + Alto) (With Tenor Recit.)
No. 4 Fugue
No. 5 Recitative: "Then Asked He" (Sop, Alto, Ten, Bass)
No. 6 Chorale: "By The Leeks of Babylon There We Sat Down, Yea, We Wept"
No. 7 Recitative: "Then She Gave In"
No. 8 Aria: "Open Sesame Seeds" (Bass)
No. 9 Recit. "So Saying" (Sop, Alto, Ten, Bass)
No. 10 Duet: "Summer is a Cumin Seed" (Soprano + Alto)
No. 11 Chorus and Soloists: "To Curry Favor, Favor Curry"