All The Right Notes

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20060906

Not Necessarily in the Right Order

Classical musician and comedian Rainer Herch profiles entertainers who have combined comedy in serious music.

1/4. Rainer meets and talks to American satirist Peter Schickele about his unique brand of classical music humour. As well as being an internationally recognised composer, Schickele's alter ego - a professor of musicology - has been unearthing and performing the lost works of one PDQ Bach for over 40 years.

20060913

Not Necessarily in the Right Order

Classical musician and comedian Rainer Hersch profiles entertainers who have combined comedy and serious music.

2/4. Rainer looks at the life and work of Anna Russell, now 95, who is famous for her analytical send up of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.

20060920

Not Necessarily in the Right Order

Classical musician and comedian Rainer Hersch profiles entertainers who have combined comedy and serious music.

3/4. Rainer recounts the story of The Comedian Harmonists, the German comedy singing sensation of the 1920s and '30s. An elegant sextet of five vocalists and a pianist - all dressed in tails - the Harmonists had a repertoire that encompassed many vocal styles - ranging from folk songs to sentimental hits, accompanied by banter and silliness on stage. Then Hitler came to power and the three Jewish members were banned.

20060927

Not Necessarily in the Right Order

Classical musician and comedian Rainer Hersch profiles entertainers who have combined comedy and serious music.

4/4. Rainer profiles the life and work of American big band musical comedian, Spike Jones - one of the biggest stars of the 1940s and 50s whose career was launched in 1941 with a song that mocked Adolf Hitler - Der Furher's Face. With his band The City Slickers, Spike was never averse to wearing wigs, playing toilet seats or tuning gunshots to C-sharp.