Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Peanuts Pathetique

Saturday, November 10, 2012

In anticipation of Sunday’s Piano Sonata Marathon, we once again turn to one of our favorite Beethoven pianists for this Saturday’s cartoon.

Schroeder performs the slow movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique,” in the 1969 Peanuts cartoon, “A Boy named Charlie Brown.”

You can hear all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, played in order, starting at 10 am on Sunday, Nov. 11.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CARTOONS achieve a congenial mind-opening attention that few forms of art and communication generally excite. Peanuts playing the Pathetique. Next he'll sing the role of Tristan at a Met Opera opening night (sic !). Oh, how we enjoy our comic strip characters. We fully appreciate the great contributions to music that Itzhak Perlman has made as a violinist extraordinaire and as a teacher at Juilliard with his ebullient warm persona ! Bravo Mr. Perlman ! THE GREENE SPACE IS NOW WQXR'S VERSION OF AN ACCESSIBLE CULTURAL CARNEGIE HALL !!! ART, pictorial, is akin to the aural manifestations. Composers have always been painting in sound, sensing a visual companion to their creations. We, I am an opera composer, often identify the pitches and harmonies with colors. Painters and sculptors often have had music played in the background, live musicians in the days before recordings, to inspire their efforts. This was particularly true of the Romantic era of which Beethoven was creating masterpieces with colleagues such as Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, von Weber, and Wagner. Beethoven's symphonies, opera, concertos, sonatas, string quartets, overtures, chamber music generally ,and song literature, is so pervasive and his world consciousness and basic humanity construct an icon unparalleled to and past his own era. At Juilliard, I studied his oeuvre and , in those days, all singers learned the concert rep of Beethoven , Schubert , Schumann, Wolf and Grieg, whether they would be opera singers or concert singers . So much of our treasured masterpieces, vocal and instrumental, are unknown quantities to most Americans. THANK YOU WQXR FOR CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN !!! Beethoven's symphonies are the ABCs of most essential single composers' oeuvre of the symphonic literature. Who ever having heard the Waldstein well performed can ever forget its beauty and nuanced scope of emotions. Wagner and his contemporaries and their successors all recognized the epic achievement of Beethoven. I am a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute at 418A Main Street, Boonton, NJ . I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I sang the Gott ! welch dunkel hier ! aria of Fidelio. it can be heard from the live performance on my three websites, one of which is www.WagnerOpera.com It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. Among the greatest singers famous for their Beethoven performances in opera and concert my voice teachers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, and Margarete Matzenauer. Other famous singers with extensive Beethoven "rep" were Kirsten Flagstad, Helge Roswaenge, Heinrich Schlusnus, Ludwig Hoffmann, Josef Greindl, Jon Vickers, and Ludwig Weber.

Nov. 15 2012 01:26 AM
Diane from Maplewood, NJ

Thanks, WQXR and Elliot Forrest, for the online thought provoking video of the Schroeder cartoon playing Beethoven sonata. Seemed to me strange Russian Orthodox/All Saints themed visuals, but very much appreciated. I wondered who created that and what the context was or what their idea was.

Nov. 10 2012 12:32 PM

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No composer impacted the course of Western music like Ludwig van Beethoven. The events of his life are the stuff of Romantic legend, his works permeate concert halls and he remains a cultural icon outside of classical music, turning up in movies, TV soundtracks, commercials and pop songs. Throughout November, WQXR celebrates Beethoven's work through concert broadcasts, multimedia projects, marathons and other features.

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