Opening & introduction (4:50) The short-tempered clavier : preludes and fugues in all the major and minor keys except for the really hard ones (S. easy as 3.14159265) (31:47) Introduction (3:16) Little pickle book (9:59) Introduction (1:16) Sonata da circo = Circus sonata (S. 3 ring) (8:43) Calliope frustration (:26) Introduction (1:07) Three chorale-based piecelets (S. III) (8:55) Epilogue (1:24)
Peter Schickele, narrator, steam calliope (3rd work) and organ (4th work) ; Christopher O'Riley, piano (1st work) ; Dennis James, theater organ (2nd work) ; David Robinson, steam calliope (3rd work) ; U.S. Senate Committee on Stupid Funding for the So-Called Arts, dill piccolos (2nd work).
Recorded in Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Mass, Feb. 22, 1995 (1st work), in the Imperial Spud Theatre, Hoople, N.D. (2nd work) and next to the feedlots at King Congregational Church, Fayray, N.D. (4th work) [i.e. Studio 1, Commercial Recording Studio, Cleveland, Ohio], May 1, 1995, and at the International Circus Hall of Fame, Peru, Ind., May 30, 1995 (3rd work). Eds. recorded: Theodore Presser.