Santa Rosa, California (Vocus) December 8, 2009
Musicians are often surprised to find that they can actually play the music notes floating above SchroederÂs toy piano in the Peanuts comic strip, and they are even more amazed to learn that itÂs not just anyoneÂs music Schroeder is playingÂthe compositions were created by none other than his idol, Ludwig van Beethoven!
Now visitors anywhere in the world can hear the Beethoven excerpts that Schroeder plays in the Peanuts comic strip with a new on-line exhibition devoted to SchulzÂs Beethoven, SchroederÂs Muse that will premier on BeethovenÂs birthday, December 16.
SchulzÂs Beethoven, SchroederÂs Muse features 60 cartoons that include meticulously drawn music from BeethovenÂs piano sonatas complemented with manuscripts, first editions, and artwork from the rich collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San JosÃ© State University. Visitors to the on-line exhibition can listen to the music, travel to other websites to enrich their understanding of the strips, and explore cartoon and music history.
Excerpts from the complete recordings of BeethovenÂs sonatas are performed by internationally-renowned pianist Craig Sheppard, Professor of Piano at the University of Washington in Seattle.
An earlier version of the exhibition was mounted at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa from August 16, 2008 through January 26, 2009, and from May 1 through July 31, 2009, in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San JosÃ© State University. Both the on-line and the mounted exhibitions are joint projects of The Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Center for Beethoven Studies (San JosÃ©, CA).
If you are part of the media and would like high resolution or web images for publication in print, on-line or broadcast, please contact Gina Huntsinger at (707) 284-1268.
About the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
The Charles M. Schulz Museum opened in August 2002 to fulfill its mission of preserving, displaying, and interpreting the art of Charles M. Schulz. The Museum carries out this mission through changing exhibitions and programming that build an understanding of cartoonists and cartoon art; illustrate the scope of SchulzÂs multi-faceted career; communicate the stories, inspirations and influences of Charles Schulz; and celebrate the life of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters.
For more information consult the Museum website: http://www.SchulzMuseum.org.
Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
About the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San JosÃ© State University
The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies opened in September 1985 to fulfill its mission of celebrating the music and humanitarian accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). The Center is supported by SJSU and the members of the American Beethoven Society. The CenterÂs collections include original manuscripts, the largest collection of first editions of BeethovenÂs music in the Western hemisphere, a historical keyboard collection including two original fortepianos from BeethovenÂs lifetime, and hundreds of art works depicting the composerÂs world.
For more information, contact the CenterÂs website:
The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies
San JosÃ© State University
One Washington Square
San JosÃ©, CA 95191-0171
P: (408) 808-2058
F: (408) 808-2060
Co-curator William Meredith: (408) 808-2058
Gina Huntsinger, Marketing Director
Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
(707) 579-4452 x268
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