Beethoven Day

Song Title : Beethoven Day

Show Name : You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Character Name : Schroeder

Gender : Male

Age : Young Adult, Adult

Vocal Part : Tenor

Range : D4-Ab5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Soulful, Energetic, Charismatic

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Context & Lyrics


Schroeder, a virtuoso pianist, celebrates Beethoven’s birthday.

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SCHROEDER
Call the principal,and hand him the news
We’ve got a holiday that he can’t refuse.
A day of harmony, a day of music:
Beethoven’s birthday!

SALLY
Beethoven Day?

SCHROEDER
A reverential mission

LINUS
Beethoven Day?

SCHROEDER
The hope of each musician
No more am I the only guy
To stand up and say:
Hooray, Beethoven,
Hooray!

CHARLIE BROWN
Beethoven Day?

LINUS (spoken)
Yes. As in Ludwig van Beethoven, composer.
Born 1770, died 1827. The eldest of three sons,
Ludwig’s mother was the daughter of the chief overseer of the kitchen…

LUCY (spoken)
Whatever… Schroeder, I just want you to know that
I’m on your side. I want to help, publicity-wise, with Beethoven’s Birthday.

SCHROEDER (spoken)
Thank you for your support, but I just don’t want to see Beethoven’s birthday commercialized.

LUCY (spoken)
Commercialized?

SCHROEDER (spoken)
Yes. The next thing you know they’ll be selling Beethoven sweatshirts.

SNOOPY(spoken)
Beethoven Day.

SCHROEDER
If you’re wondering, “Now, how do we start?”
Just blow the music til you know it by heart!
We’re gonna celebrate
We’ll throw a party
Beethoven’s Birthday!

OTHERS
Beethoven Day!

SCHROEDER
And when you say the title…

OTHERS
Beethoven Day!

SCHROEDER
You hear a great recital
The right of every boy and girl
To stand up and say:

OTHERS
Hooray, Beethoven,
Hooray!

SCHROEDER
Beethoven Day

[OTHERS]
Beethoven Day
Beethoven Day

SCHROEDER
Beethoven Day

OTHERS
Beethoven Day
Beethoven Day

SCHROEDER
Beethoven Day

OTHERS
Beethoven Day

SCHROEDER
Beethoven Day

OTHERS
Beethoven Day

SCHROEDER
Beethoven Day- hey, hey, hey!

OTHERS
Beethoven Day!

SCHROEDER
A philharmonic rumble

OTHERS
Beethoven Day!

SCHROEDER
A polyphonic jumble
A humble dedication as we
Stand up and say:

ALL
Hooray, Beethoven,
Hooray!

LUCY (spoken)
I got it! We’ll demand full-Page ads in every newspaper!

LINUS (spoken)
We’ll start a chain or Beethoven superstores!

SALLY (spoken)
We’ll build a Beethoven theme park!

CHARLIE BROWN (spoken)
We could have a bake sale!

SCHROEDER
Wait! That’s too commercial!
Let’s imagine it. That glorious hour
Filled with emotion, yet inspired with power
When we all honor the man we adore
On the day we place
The newest face on Mount Rushmore!

OTHERS
Mount Rushmore.
Beethoven Day!

SCHROEDER
A moment of reflection

OTHERS
Beethoven Day!

SCHROEDER
A classical injection!
So facing this direction
We begin it today
A musical collection everybody can play
The right of every boy and girl
To stand up and say:
Hooray, Beethoven!
Hooray!

OTHERS
Beethoven hooray!
It’s Beethoven Day
A time for celebrating
Beethoven way
La la la la
La la la la
La la la la la

ALL
Hooray!

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