Composers Datebook®

Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach


Music Played in Today's Program

Peter Schickele (b. 1935) Pentangle Kenneth Albrecht, French horn; Louisville Orchestra; Jorge Mester, cond. Albany/First Edition 024

On This Day


  • 1832 - Swedish composer August Söderman, in Stockholm

  • 1875 - English composer, pianist, and music scholar Sir Donald Tovey, in Eton

  • 1935 - American composer and musical satirist Peter Schickele, in Ames, Iowa; He "discovered" and performed the music of P.D.Q Bach (1807-1742?)


  • 1937 - French composer and conductor Gabriel Pierné, age 73, in Ploujean, Brittany

  • 1967 - Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, age 40, in Huntington, Long Island (New York


  • 1717 - Handel: "Water Music" on the river Thames, during a royal barge trip from Whitehall to Chelsea (Gregorian date: July 28)

  • 1927 - Milhaud: opera "L'enlèvement d'Europe" (The Rape of Europa), in Baden-Baden at the Stadthalle

  • 1975 - Sallinen: opera, "The Horseman" at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland

  • 1983 - Sir Lenox Berkeley: Cello Concerto, in Manchester.


  • 1877 - Otto Dessoff conducts the Vienna Philharmonic on its first concert tour to Salzburg, as part of a three-day "Salzburger Musikfest" (Salzburg Music Festival) on July 17-19; The orchestra would return to Salzburg in 1879, 1891, 1901, 1904, 1906, and 1910, for special concerts, and in 1925 the annual "Salzburg Festival" was established, with the Vienna Philharmonic as the Festival's prominent participant

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Host John Birge presents a daily snapshot of composers past and present, with timely information, intriguing musical events and appropriate, accessible music related to each.

He has been hosting, producing and performing classical music for more than 25 years. Since 1997, he has been hosting on Minnesota Public Radio's Classical Music Service. He played French horn for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra and performed with them on their centennial tour of Europe in 1995. He was trained at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy.

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