Thanks go out to a friendly co-worker who mentioned P.D.Q. Bach on the 16th. She thought I might like him. Turns out I love him. And it turns out that his birthday just happened to fall on July 17th.
Schickele is a classical composer who wrote the score for the animated film versions of In the Night Kitchen and Where the Wild Things Are. He also has two musical children - Matt and Karla Schickele, who formed the band Beekeeper. Karla also plays in the band Ida.
But Peter is most well known for his alter-persona, P.D.Q. Bach. Claiming to be the youngest of the Bach sons, P.D.Q. aims to make classical music as silly as possible which include: a sportscast-like telling of the movements during Beethoven's Fifth and parodies like "Einstein on the Fritz". He is also an accomplished Bassoonist and a musical genius.
Peter Schickele (as P.D.Q. Bach, Flute through his head):