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Schroeder's Beethoven ~ Wednesday, January 14, 2009



Apparently, the musical fragments that would often be poised above Schroeder's head as he played, in the Peanuts comic strip were far more intentional than I previously suspected (I did figure they were random). Charles M. Schultz was an avid fan of Classical music and there's a new exhibition up, celebrating his portrayal of it through the years, in Peanuts.

In the eyes of Schultz, those excerpts actually served as part of the dialogue, adding facets and nuance to the comic. Not that it was particularly lacking nuance in the first place... A lot of really strange stuff going on in there (the dysfunctional relationship between Charlie and Lucy, as seen with the football versus the advice stand, for instance. Why did Charlie keep coming back for more?! Then there were those slightly monstrous aspects, like the kite-eating tree, which always reminded me of those evil trees around the Witch's castle in the Wizard of Oz).

The NYT Article

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