In the world of “Peanuts,” of course, Schroeder was the
Beethoven-obsessed music nerd who lost patience when Lucy
interrupted his practice and who called time-outs as a baseball
catcher to share composer trivia with the pitcher. Yet musicologists
and art curators have learned that there was much more than a punch
line to Charles Schulz's
invocation of Beethoven's music.
“If you don't read music and you can’t identify the music
in the strips, then you lose out on some of the meaning,” said
William Meredith, the director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for
Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, who has studied
hundreds of Beethoven-themed “Peanuts” strips.
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I had always assumed that Charles Schulz
copied the music into his strips instead of just making it up, and I also
assumed it was, in fact, Beethoven. So
it doesn't surprise me all that much that he matched the music to the
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