Peanuts® Gallery

for Piano and Orchestra

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Performing Ensemble: Piano with Orchestra
Duration: 13:00
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

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An open letter to the "Peanuts" Gang from Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Dear "Peanuts",
I have written some music for and about you.

FOR SCHROEDER: "Schroeder's Beethoven Fantasy" is based on a few bars of a piece you play on your toy piano (Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata). Since you love Beethoven so much, I imagine you improvising and creating a new piece (a fantasy) on Beethoven's music.

FOR LINUS: It seems that naptime is never far from your mind, or, at least, that you're always prepared with your blanket, so here's "Lullaby for Linus" just for you.

FOR SNOOPY: I think you're really "cool," and I know you like to dance, so get your paws in gear for a hot-blooded Brazilian whirl in "Snoopy Does the Samba".

FOR CHARLIE BROWN, for all those times when life causes you to cry "Good Grief!", a rather wistful, but not terribly sad: "Charlie Brown's Lament."

FOR LUCY, who can go from perfectly calm to absolutely wild in a single cartoon frame: "Lucy Freaks Out". (I hope you can hold your composure during this concert).

FOR PEPPERMINT PATTY AND MARCIE, with thanks for encouraging me in my work ("Good Going, Ellen!") and because you're such good campers: "Peppermint Patty and Marcie Lead the Parade". Yes Sir!

"Peanuts® Gallery" was commissioned for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra by The Carnegie Hall Corporation. The music is dedicated to Charles M. "Sparky" Schulz in hopes that it will give him a small measure of the pleasure that his "Peanuts" characters have given all of us.

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Carnegie Hall Corporation, for Orpheus.
Composition Date 1996
Orchestration Pno. Solo; 1 2 2 2 - 2 0 0 0; Perc. Str.
Premiere March 22, 1997. Albert Kim, piano, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, New York.

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