Peter Schickele

po_Schickele-PeterPeter Schickele (born July 17, 1935) is an American composer, musical educator, and parodist.

He is best known for comedy albums featuring music written by Schickele, but which he presents as being composed by the fictional P. D. Q. Bach. He also hosted a long running weekly radio program called Schickele Mix. Schickele made a brief foray into cinema with the Bruce Dern film Silent Running (1972), for which he composed the musical score and co-wrote the original songs “Silent Running” and “Rejoice in the Sun” with the late Diane Lampert.

From 1990-1993, Schickele’s P.D.Q. Bach recordings earned him four consecutive wins for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.