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Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
BEETHOVEN'S WIG is "filled with goo, it's such a problem to shampoo...it's such a mop he should stop at the barber shop." With irreverence and devotion, Richard Perlmutter and company marry unforgettable word pictures to music of the masters including Mozart, Schumann, and Haydn. Perlmutter's voice parries with operatic singers, often to laugh-out-loud comedic effect. The first-rate productions engage Czech Philharmonic and British Union Rias Orchestra recordings and a troupe of ensemble musicians. The music repeats in the second half of the CD without the lyrics. Follow-on questions (Beethoven composed music without which of his five senses?) provoke family conversations.
Is it any good?
With a well-conceived educational thrust, songs address composition structure, cadence, instrumentation, composer identification, and history. The rhymes are relentlessly original. For example, after hearing Drip Drip Drip, it may be impossible to listen without a chuckle to Delibes' Pizzicato from Sylvia. Perlumutter's dripping tap, shark neighbor, and rescue by Noah the plumber make an indelible imprint on the music.