Cover for 'Beethoven's Wig 2'
Hear full-length cuts from the silly CD sequel:
Listen: 'Stuck in the Saddle Again' (sung to the tune of the 'Light Cavalry Overture' by Franz von Suppe)
Listen: 'It's the Same Every Verse' (sung to the tune of 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' from the 'Peer Gynt Suite' by Edvard Grieg)
If you're a kid — or a kid at heart — chances are you find the thought of Ludwig van Beethoven's silly white wig more amusing than the great composer's timeless compositions. Now, a sequel to a seriously silly CD again offers both the silly and the serious in equal doses.
In Beethoven's Wig 2, composer Richard Perlmutter again takes on some of the world's most famous classical tunes, and adds fun lyrics to the music. Parents report that their kids love to sing along. And the best part? They don't know they're learning a little bit about the wider world of classical music — or they're having too much fun to care.
Should the lyrics not provide enough tidbits of learning, sprinkled throughout the liner notes of Beethoven's Wig 2 are classical music quizzes. The CD has been nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award for children's music — NPR's Renee Montagne talks to Perlmutter about his strategy for success and silliness.