This is for all you Peanut Comic fans who live in Santa Rosa California.
Schulz's Role Over Beethoven Is Subject of Cartoon Exhibit By E&P Staff Published: August 01, 2008 5:39 PM ET
NEW YORK An exhibit called "Schulz's Beethoven: Schroeder's Muse" will run from Aug. 16 to Jan. 26 at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif.
The museum said Schulz chose Beethoven as the Schroeder character's favorite composer because he felt "B" words were funnier -- though another "B" name (Brahms) was the cartoonist's favorite composer. It's possible that Schulz was remembering when, as a teen, he would sit on the porch of his friend Shermy's home and listen to Shermy's mother play Beethoven on her piano.
"Whatever the impetus," the museum continued, "Schulz painstakingly copied musical scores, note by note, for his now-famous Beethoven strips. The music was transcribed with such accuracy that musicians are able to play the pieces directly from the 'Peanuts' strips."
In the exhibit, visitors will be able to see Beethoven-themed strips while listening to the music Schulz transcribed into the panels. The show will also feature Schulz's reference books on classical music; personal letters he wrote about his appreciation of the genre; original Beethoven manuscripts, scores, and first editions; paintings and a bust of Beethoven; and a fortepiano of the kind that would've been used in the early 1800s.
Speaking of the name Shermy, I believe that was one of the names for a character in Schulz's early comic strip titled Lil' Folks
. That strip wound up evolving into the Peanuts
strip. Shermy also made other brief appearances in the Peanuts
strips and shorts, most notably in A Charlie Brown Christmas
Anyway, do any of you also like Schroeder? Will you visit this exhibit before it comes to an end? Are you also a fan of the Peanuts?