Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Clanky Cantata

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Piano-player extraordinaire Rowlf the Dog, the canine with the golden paws. Now on view at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. (Photo by John E. Barrett. (c) The Muppets Studio, LLC.)

This Saturday's cartoon features J.S. Bach's famous chorale "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" from Cantata BWV 147. In a 1980 episode of "The Muppet Show," Rowlf the Dog attempts a few minutes of musical profundity with this work, but his efforts are thwarted by Beauregard the janitor. And you thought coughing in the concert hall was bad.


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