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WGUC Celebrates April Fools' Day

In sixteenth-century France, the start of the new year was observed on April first. Then in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar which had the new year beginning on January first. There were some people who hadn't heard or didn't believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April first. Others played pranks and tricks on those people. They became known as "April Fools".

Frank Johnson presents some of the funniest interpretations of classical music from Monty Python, Bugs Bunny, PDQ Bach and more.

Remember, you can always hear the real thing every day on WGUC 90.9, Cincinnati's Classical Public Radio. Happy April Fools' Day!

April Fools' Day Playlist

Flanders & Swan
"Ill Wind"
CD: At the Drop of Another Hat
EMI CDS7974642

Peter Sellers
"The Trumpet Volunteer"
LP: The Best of Peter Sellers
(out of print)

Monty Python
"Royal Festival Hall Concert"
CD: The Instant Monty Python CD Collection box set
#7243 8 39820 28

Danny Kaye
"Tchaikovsky"
LP: The Best of Danny Kaye
(out of print)

Anna Russell
"The French Horn"
CD: Anna Russell, Encore
Sony 60316

Andy Griffith
"Opera Carmen"
CD: What It Is, Is
CEMA S22-18492

Victor Borge
1999 Interview at WGUC

Victor Borge
Mozart Opera by Borge
CD: Victor Borge Live!
Sony 48482

What's Opera, Doc?
Richard Wagner's Ring cycle
CD: Bugs on Broadway
Merrie Melodies/Warner Brothers 9 26484-2

Spike Jones and His City Slickers
Rossini's "William Tell Overture"
LP: out of print

PDQ Bach
"Minuet Militaire"
CD: PDQ Bach: 1712 Overture & Other Musical Assaults
Telarc 80210

Florence Foster Jenkins
"Selection by Mozart"
CD: The Glory of the Human Voice
BMG Classics 61175

Portsmouth Sinfonia
Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
LP: The Pourtsmouth Sinfonia
Transatlantic Records #TRA275
(out of print)

Daniel Barski
Bach Aria
CD: Free-Reed Odyssey
DB3305

Jim Self
Tuba Tchaikovsky
CD: The Big Stretch
BHR-106-2

PDQ Bach
"New Horizons in Music Appreciation: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony"
(Schickele/Dennis) CD: The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach with Professor Peter Schickele
Vanguard 72015

Spike Jones
"Dance of the Hours"
(Ponchielli)
LP: Musical Depreciation Revue
RCA/Rhino 71574

Allan Sherman, Narrator; with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Arthur Fiedler
"The End of a Symphony"
(Various Composers/Sherman) CD: Peter & the Commissar
Collectors' Choice Music 488 (originally RCA)

Eddie Foy, Jr., and movie cast from "Bells Are Ringing"
"It's a Simple Little System"
(Comden & Green/Styne) LP: Bells Are Ringing
Capitol 92060

Hoffnung Music Festival
"Concerto Popolare"
(Various Composers/arr. Reizenstein) CD: Hoffnung's Music Festivals
EMI 63302

John Dankworth (Narrator and Conductor) with the London Symphony Orchestra
"Further Experiments with Mice"
(Dankworth) CD: Crossing Over the Bridge
MCA 5932

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