Congrats to my winner: Heather!
When I was a kid, both my brother and I took years of piano lessons, so there was always a lot of classical music playing in our house. I have to admit, other than a few lullaby CDs that my kids have, there isn't typically a lot of classical music playing in my home now. As much as I love the music, it's just not attention-getting and energetic enough for us to listen to during the day. Or so I thought before I received a CD called Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics. Here's a bit about the CD, from a press release that I received:
Beethoven once said, "If my music had words it'd be a lot more popular." His wish has come true, but he had to wait 200 years for the other half of his team. Modern day “co-writer” Richard Perlmutter, lyricist and lead singer with four-time GRAMMY® nominee Beethoven’s Wig, has, in the Beethoven’s Wig series of recordings, added witty and insightful lyrics to instrumental selections by Beethoven (and Bach, Mozart, et al.) that have zipped the works of the longhairs to the tops of the charts and created a charming, fresh, and memorable introduction to some of the world’s greatest music. The fifth Beethoven’s Wig album, Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics, will be released September 27.
Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics adds the Beethoven’s Wig spin to giants of the keyboard: Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, and Mussorgsky, as well as sprucing up works by modern composers Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Henry Cowell with lyrics that are simultaneously thoughtful and highly amusing. Scott Joplin’s ragtime classic “The Entertainer” becomes the setting for a hilarious narrative about a piano that got stuck in the door and contains some of the funniest rhymes in music history. Perlmutter also makes sure not to overlook the most egalitarian piano composition of all, “Chopsticks.” Realizing that even the most erudite musical historians are a bit hazy about the origins of this ubiquitous two-finger keyboard classic, he comments ruefully, “‘Chopsticks’ is actually titled ‘The Celebrated Chop Waltz’ and was written by a sixteen-year-old English girl named Euphemia Allen who seemed to favor the pseudonym Arthur de Lulli. My lyrics begin: ‘My little chicken is peck, peck, peck, pecking. Whatever she's pecking she's wreck, wreck, wreck wrecking.’ In one part of the song I get to cluck like a chicken, backed up by some of the finest professional opera singers around singing ‘peck, peck, peck, pecking’ with exemplary operatic vocal production.”
As I said, I've listened to a lot of classical music in my life, but I don't think I've ever smiled and laughed while listening before. Beethoven's Wig is so much fun to listen to- the lyrics are funny and catchy and the piano playing and singing is excellent. Beethoven's Wig is such a great way to introduce your family to some classic piano songs. There's a nice range of composers and styles of song on this CD- it never gets boring! In addition to the thirteen songs with the sing along lyrics, the CD also includes the songs without lyrics, for when you want to listen to just the beautiful piano playing.
Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Piano Classics will be available on September 27. For more information on this CD or Beethoven's Wig, visit the website at this link.
And I have good news- I'm giving away a copy of this CD! Open to US and Canadian mailing addresses.
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