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Encyclopedia > Schroeder (Peanuts)
Schroeder
Peanuts character
Age 8
Gender Male
Original Voice Actor Chris Doran
Other Voice Actors Todd Barbee
Birthday January 18th

Schroeder is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. He is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in particular. Schroeder is also the catcher on Charlie Brown's baseball team (though he is always seen walking back to the mound with the baseball, never throwing it -- admitting in one strip he didn't want the other team to discover his lack of ability), and the object of Lucy van Pelt's unrequited infatuation. Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, (the day after Schulzs death). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Alice, a fictional character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, (the day after Schulzs death). ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... 1820 portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler Beethoven redirects here. ... Charles Charlie Brown (occasionally called Chuck by Peppermint Patty and when she first appeared, Marcie) is a character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Book cover Lucy van Pelt is a character in the immensely popular comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz. ...


After Linus and Snoopy, Schroeder is probably Charlie Brown's closest friend; he once angrily denounced Violet for giving Charlie Brown a used valentine well after Valentine's Day had come and gone (only to be undercut when Charlie Brown eagerly accepted it), and he is one of the few players who has any respect for Charlie Brown as a manager (although he is as capable of ire at Charlie Brown's poor performance as anyone else, but these instances are few and far between).

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History

Schroeder was introduced as a baby on May 30, 1951, but aged to the maturity level of the other characters over the next three years. He initially had no notable characteristics, but soon, Schulz had the idea to incorporate his daughter Meredith's toy piano into the strip. He decided to give it to the newest character in the strip, and thus the character as he is known to millions of fans was born. May 30 is the 150th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (151st in leap years). ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ...


From his first appearance at the piano on September 24, 1951, Schroeder has played classical pieces of virtuoso level, as depicted by Schulz's painstaking transcription of sheet music onto the panel. Schroeder is often found playing selections from a sonata by Beethoven, his favorite composer. As revealed in one strip wherein Lucy took his bust of Beethoven and smashed it, he has an entire closetful of Beethoven busts. Every year, Schroeder marks December 16, the birthday of his idol. (Schulz once revealed that he had originally planned to depict Johannes Brahms as Schroeder's favorite, but decided that Beethoven simply sounded "funnier".) He was once in shock when he forgot Beethoven's birthday. In the early strips Schroeder also played other composers. Schroeder generally wears a shirt with thick black stripes. In the animated TV specials and movies, it is colored purple. September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... A virtuoso (from Italian virtuoso, late Latin virtuosus, Latin virtus meaning: skill, manliness, excellence) is an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument. ... Sonata (From Latin and Italian sonare, to sound), in music, literally means a piece played as opposed to cantata (Latin cantare, to sing), a piece sung. ... 1820 portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler Beethoven redirects here. ... -1... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Schroeder is usually depicted sitting at his toy piano, able to pound out multi-octave selections of music, despite the fact that such a piano has a very small realistic range (for instance, and as a running joke, the black keys are merely painted on to the white keys). On one occasion, Charlie Brown tried to get him to play a real piano and Schroeder burst out crying, intimidated by its size. Pooh Poppin Piano -- a diatonic one octave toy piano Photo of toy piano by Javier Mediavilla Ezquibela The toy piano is a musical instrument, made as a childs toy, but which has also been used in more serious musical contexts. ...


Schroeder's other distinguishing mark as a character is his constant refusal of Lucy's love. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder, and frequently leans against his piano while he is playing, professing her love for him; however, Beethoven was a lifelong bachelor, and Schroeder feels he must emulate every aspect of his idol's life, even if it is insinuated that he reciprocates Lucy's feelings. In a story arc where she and the rest of her family have moved out of town, Schroeder becomes frustrated with his music and mutters disbelievingly that he misses her, realizing that, despite his animosity towards her, Lucy has unwittingly become Schroeder's muse and he cannot play without her. A bachelor is a man above the age of majority who has never been married (see single). ...


Schroeder's piano

The piano's capability is illustrated in 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas. Lucy asks Schroeder to play "Jingle Bells". Schroeder plays it in the style of a conventional piano, then manages to generate the warm tones of a Hammond organ, but Lucy cannot recognize the tune until the now-irritated Schroeder plays it, with one finger, in the tones of a normal toy piano. It's the only time in the history of the television specials that his toy piano ever actually sounds like a toy piano, with 'plinking' sounds. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... For the album, see A Charlie Brown Christmas (album). ... Jingle Bells, originally One Horse Open Sleigh, is one of the best known and commonly sung secular Christmas songs in the world. ...


Schroeder is normally a very impassive character, content to play his music, but can be angered quite easily if his music or his idol Beethoven are insulted. In one short Lucy points out to him the woefully inadequate single-octave range of a toy piano; an angry Schroeder yanks it out from under her and sends her flying. On another occasion, Lucy asked if pianists made a lot of money, and Schroeder flew into a rage: "Who cares about money?! This is art, you blockhead! This is great music I'm playing, and playing great music is an art! Do you hear me? An art! Art! Art! Art! Art! Art!" (the last five words punctuated by slamming his hands against his piano).


The musical notes Schroeder plays also seem to have substance; characters are able to touch them as they appear in the air. Snoopy, for example, once decorated a Christmas tree using a handful of them, and has on at least one occasion been seen dancing atop the musical staff containing the notes. In music, a note is either a unit of fixed pitch that has been given a name, or the graphic representation of that pitch in a notation system, and sometimes its duration, or a specific instance of either, so one can speak of the second note of Happy Birthday for... Christmas is an annual holiday that marks the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ...


On three occasions, Lucy has destroyed Schroeder's piano in an attempt to be rid of the "competition" for his affection. She once threw it into a sewer and the piano was washed out to sea. She later threw it into a Kite-Eating Tree, which apparently ate pianos as well. Schroeder ordered his replacement pianos from the Ace Piano Company. Along with his new piano, Schroeder received an autographed photo of Joe Garagiola. Another time Lucy destroyed both his piano and his bust of Beethoven; Schoeder calmy picked out a new piano and bust from a closet full of duplicate pianos and busts! Charles Charlie Brown is the principal character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ... Joseph Henry Garagiola, Sr. ...


Portrayals

  • Chris Doran first played Schroeder in "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Various actors since then had played Schroeder including Todd Barbee, who also voiced Charlie Brown from 1973 to 1974.
  • The Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown featured Skip Hinnant as Schroeder in the 1967 version, and Stanley Mathis in the 1999 version.

Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical comedy based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. ... Skip Hinnant (Born September 12, 1940 in Chincoteague Island, Virginia) is an American actor. ...

Trivia

  • In his 1975 book, Peanuts Jubilee, Charles Schulz stated the following:
"Schroeder was named after a young boy with whom I used to caddy at Highland Park golf course in St. Paul. I don't recall ever knowing his first name, but just 'Schroeder' seemed right for the character in the script, even before he became the great musician he now is."
  • In the 1950s, Charlie Brown's baseball team had to have a sponsor to play games. Schroeder's sponsor was "Beth's oven" ( Presumably a local eatery ).
  • Schroeder's birthday is on January 18, as revealed in a 1954 strip.
  • Schroeder's signature toy piano is made by the Ace Piano Company

In golf, a caddy (or caddie) is the person who carries a players bag, and gives insightful advice and moral support. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

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Schroeder (Peanuts) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (936 words)
Schroeder is also the catcher on Charlie Brown's baseball team (though he is always seen walking back to the mound with the baseball, never throwing it -- admitting in one strip he didn't want the other team to discover his lack of ability), and the object of Lucy van Pelt's unrequited infatuation.
Schroeder is usually depicted sitting at his toy piano, able to pound out multi-octave selections of music, despite the fact that such a piano has a very small realistic range (for instance, and as a running joke early on, the fl keys are merely painted on to the white keys).
Schroeder plays it in the style of a conventional piano, then a three-piece jazz combo, and finally in the style of a pipe organ, but Lucy cannot recognize the tune until the now-irritated Schroeder plays it, with one finger, in the tones of a normal toy piano.
Peanuts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3415 words)
Peanuts was a syndicated daily comic strip written and drawn by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, which ran from 2 October 1950 to 13 February 2000.
Peanuts probably reached its peak in American pop-culture awareness between 1965 and 1980; this period was the heyday of the daily strip, and there were numerous animated specials and book collections.
Schroeder, Lucy van Pelt, and her brother Linus debuted as very young children — Schroeder and Linus both in diapers and pre-verbal.
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