‘NY Times’ Explores Link Between Beethoven, ‘Peanuts’ in New Exhibit

By: E&P Staff

Schroeder always did seem like the most enlightened of all ?Peanuts? characters.

The New York Times has a piece today (accompanied by a slide show) on the longtime connection of Charles Schulz?s beloved comic strip with Beethoven, which is explored in the exhibition ?Schulz?s Beethoven: Schroeder?s Muse,? an exhibition at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in San Jose, Calif.

Among the revelations: When Schulz depicted Schroeder playing his piano, the notes floating above his head were no random snatches of music — Schulz carefully chose each stanza and transcribed the notes from the score, right into each strip. For those in the know, the music provided to the strip a soundtrack, adding emphasis to an exchange between characters.

?The music is a character in the strip as much as the people are, because the music sets the tone,? William Meredith,director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, tells the Times. ?When you actually hear the symphony, the whole thing feels completely different.?

Check it out, here.

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