Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse
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Charles Schulz
Peanuts •  01/25/1953
Image Reproduced from Original Drawing, Charles M. Schulz Museum

When Beethoven gave the Hammerklavier to the publisher, he bragged, "Now you will have a sonata that will keep the pianists busy when it is played 50 years hence." In this Sunday strip, Schulz most fully develops the idea of the preparations required to storm "Mount Everest." Before marching to the piano with determination, Schroeder prepares himself for this mighty undertaking with seven different kinds of exercise and a "carb-loading" bowl of cereal, almost as if he were preparing to climb a mountain!

Music Excerpt: Hammerklavier Sonata in B-flat Major, Allegro, Opus 106 (1819): mm. 1-36
Craig Sheppard, piano

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