Thursday, January 15, 2009

a little more than a bit from the glorious ninth

It is often noted that Charles Schulz, creator of 'Peanuts,' had something of a fixation with classical music, but according to an article written for Monday's Times, his interest in music in fact extended beyond the the idle appreciation of a connoisseur...In those Schroeder panels, that ain't no musical nonsense, that's Beethoven.

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From the NY Times:
"When Schroeder pounded on his piano, his eyes clenched in a trance, the notes floating above his head were no random ink spots dropped into the key of G. Schulz carefully chose each snatch of music he drew and transcribed the notes from the score. More than an illustration, the music was a soundtrack to the strip, introducing the characters' state of emotion, prompting one of them to ask a question or punctuating an interaction.
'The music is a character in the strip as much as the people are, because the music sets the tone,' Mr. Meredith said. To understand what gave Schroeder chills, he said, you have to listen to the musical passage. 'When you actually hear the symphony, the whole thing feels completely different.'"
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