Play Ball: Baseball and Beethoven For Opening Day

Report from Hoople: P. D. Q. Bach on the Air (album cover) was released on Vanguard Records in 1967.(Photo: Vanguard Records)
Report from Hoople: P. D. Q. Bach on the Air (album cover) was released on Vanguard Records in 1967.(Photo: Vanguard Records)

It’s opening day for major league baseball, a perfect day to share this faux sportscast by radio DJ and musical satirist “Professor” Peter Schickele, inventor of the fictitious composer P.D.Q. Bach.

Schickele has succefully brought together baseball and Ludwig van Beethoven: In a new form of music appreciation, combining America’s favorite summer pastime and classical music, two commentators, Robert Dennis and Peter Schickele (and a referee and an audience), provide a play-by-play analysis of the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 as if it were an actual game in progress.

Now all they need to do is serve beer and hot dogs in the concert halls. It might be messy, but it would sure loosen things up.

Play Ball! Or Beethoven!

Comments
  • http://acroyear70.livejournal.com/ Joe Shelby

    They actually perform this routine LIVE on the DVD “Houston, We Have A Problem.” and it is brilliant still, some 40 years later.

    • John Rittmeyer

      Thank you for the info on the DVD. Yes, some routines are that good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Florio/1015638245 Chris Florio

    This is hilarious and brilliant, thanks for sharing it.