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Jeez, chill out Schroeder

Jeez, chill out Schroeder

Yesterday was Beethoven’s birthday, and the Schulz Museum honored the occasion with a new online exhibit entitled Schulz’s Beethoven: Schroeder’s Muse. The site features an examination of both the famed composer’s music and how Schulz incorporated it into his strip, along with recollections from Jean Schulz and others, audio selections, sheet music, history and lots of comic strips. Here’s a snippet from the press release, which Mike Lynch was gracious enough to post online:

Schulz’s Beethoven, Schroeder’s Muse features 60 cartoons that include meticulously drawn music from Beethoven’s piano sonatas complemented with manuscripts, first editions, and artwork from the rich collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San José 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.

Sounds like a pretty good way to spend a Thursday afternoon to me.



Great title for this post, Chris.


I went to the physical exhibit of this show at the Schulz museum, and it was awesome. One thing that I learned that you won’t get from the online exhibit is that Beethoven was short! They had a reproduction of his death mask mounted at his real-life height, and he was shorter than I am. And, of course, there’s seeing Schulz’s original art in person. (Though some of them are facsimiles.) The Beethoven Center in the San Jose King Library (which was part of putting on the exhibit) is worth a visit, too. You can play a reproduction Beethoven-era fortepiano there.

The Beethoven mask mounted to his height in person is NOT a death mask! It is a copy of the life mask made in Vienna in 1812 when Beethoven was 41, by sculptor Franz Klein, who later created a bust of Beethoven based on the life mask.

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