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  • Beethoven's Wig - Volume 2 (Kids CD) Beethoven's Wig - Volume 2 (Kids CD)

Beethoven's Wig - Volume 2 (Kids CD)

Item #: 011300

Quick Overview

Inspired and wildly imaginative, Beethoven's Wig is one of the best introductions to classical music you could give to your children.

Featuring snippets of 11 classical music staples-- Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, et al.--the disc and its creators, Richard Perlmutter and friends, pour on the silly lyrics the first time around to familiarize young ears to the old masters. Then in the last half of the record, the orchestra plays the same "serious" music pieces instrumentally. You might cheerfully recall Alan Sherman's popular spoofs of old classical works in Wig and you'll again chuckle at pieces like "Drip, Drip, Drip," which adapts Delibes's "Pizzicato from Sylvia."

You'll also marvel at the expertise throughout the CD, with all the pieces well played yet thoroughly fun. Beethoven's Wig is an orchestral treasure with a sense of humor as old or as new as its listeners (and the fun questions that run throughout the CD's liner notes are almost as entertaining as the zany musical interludes).
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Format: CD
Label: Rounder Records
Release Date: 2004

Track Listing:
1. Stuck in the Saddle Again (after F. von Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture")
2. Sing Verdi Loud (after Verdi's "La donna è mobile")
3. It's the Same Every Verse (after Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King")
4. Musical B's (after Brahm's "Hungarian Dance No. 5")
5. Don't Play That Violin (after Paganini's "Violin Concerto No. 2")
6. Schubert's Trout (after Schubert's "'Trout' Quintet")
7. Dvorak The Czechoslovak (after Dvorál's "Humoresque No. 7")
8. A Fan of Chopin (after Chopin's "Prelude No. 7, Op. 28")
9. Please Do Not Tease The Viennese (after J. Strauss II's Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz)
10.It's Spring! (after Vivaldi's '"Spring" from "The Four Seasons")
11. Wow What A Wedding Cake (after Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wedding March")
12. Light Cavalry, overture to the operetta
13. Rigoletto, opera La donna è mobile
14. Peer Gynt Suites for orchestra Nos. 1 & 2, Opp. 46 & 55 In the Hall of the Mountain King
15. Hungarian Dances (21) for orchestra, Hungarian Dance No. 5
16. Violin Concerto No.2 in B minor ("La campanella"), Op. 7, MS 48 [Unspecified] Excerpt
17. Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello & double bass in A major ("Trout"), D. 667 (Op. posth. 114)
18. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
19. Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172
20. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra
21. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E major ("La Primavera," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 1)
22. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 Wedding March