Concerts: Properly Neglected

The audience in Manhattan's Philharmonic Hall was select — largely musicians, musicologists, music teachers and students. They were gathered to hear the neglected music of P.D.Q. Bach, the least-known offspring of Johann Sebastian. The opening Concerto for Horn and Hardart got off to a lively start when blaaaaaaat! It was Soloist Peter Schickele blowing on a duck caller attached to the "concert grand Hard-art," a four-wheel, coin-operated contraption that looked like a junkyard reject. As the music went sailing off in directions unknown, Schickele merrily blasted away on a kazoo, ocarina, bike...

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