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Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies

by Beethoven's Wig

Zany, stick-in-your-head lyrics set to the greatest hits of classical music, filled with fact and fancy about the world\'s most notable composers and their masterpieces. Grammy Award nomination - 15 Awards. Also available: Beethoven\'s Wig 2,3 and 4.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beethoven's Wig
1:36 album only
2. Franz Liszt the Famous Pianist
1:02 album only
3. Please Don't Play Your Violin at Night
1:45 album only
4. Can You Can Can?
2:14 album only
5. Just For Elise
1:30 album only
6. Haydn's Great Surprise
1:37 album only
7. Kings and Queens of England
1:11 album only
8. Drip, Drip, Drip
2:22 album only
9. Harmony
1:14 album only
10. Hey Guitar Teacher
1:18 album only
11. Tchaikovsky's Cannonball
1:32 album only
12. 5th Symphony
1:35 album only
13. Hungarian Rhapsody #2
1:02 album only
14. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
1:44 album only
15. Can Can
2:13 album only
16. Fur Elise
1:29 album only
17. Surprise Symphony
1:38 album only
18. Trumpet Tune
1:11 album only
19. Pizzicato from Sylvia
2:20 album only
20. The Merry Peasant
1:14 album only
21. Bouree
1:18 album only
22. 1812 Overture
1:33 album only


Album Notes
About Beethoven\'s Wig

Beethoven\'s Wig is the classical music sensation for the whole family!

The brainchild of creator, lyricist, producer and lead vocalist Richard Perlmutter, Beethoven\'s Wig is zany lyrics set to the greatest hits of classical music. Filled with fact and fancy about the world\'s greatest composers and their compositions, Beethoven\'s Wig provides a fun foundation for classical music that will last a lifetime. The perfect blend of lunacy and learning, high brow and hijinks.

The Beethoven\'s Wig series has won an amazing 40 national awards including three Grammy Award nominations, Parents\' Choice, NAPPA, Teacher\'s Choice, American Library Association Notable Children\'s Recording, iParenting Media, and the list goes on.

Beethoven\'s Wig has been featured on NBC\'s Today Show, NPR\'s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and XM Satellite Radio.

Beethoven\'s Wig performs live in concert at performing arts centers and with symphony orchestras across the country including the Baltimore Symphony, Reno Philharmonic and Billings Symphony.

Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Symphonies – Album Profile

Can’t tell Beethoven from Bach? Don’t know if that great classical piece you heard is the 5th Symphony or Opus 500? Ever thought, “If only classical music had a hook.” Well fret no more! Beethoven’s Wig is here!

Beethoven’s Wig (sub-titled Sing Along Symphonies – because that’s just what they are!) is zany stick-in-your-head lyrics set to the greatest hits of classical music. Each song is a hilarious look at the composer, the composition or the time in history. Fact or fancy, they are always fun.

The perfect blend of inspired silliness and serious music, Beethoven’s Wig provides kids and their parents with a memorable foundation for classical music that will last a lifetime. The same way that adults remember every word to their favorite songs growing up, Beethoven’s Wig will inspire kids to remember classical greats and foster a genuine appreciation for classical music – without their even realizing that all this fun is good for them, too.

The package includes lyrics, quiz questions and activities. And as a special bonus, the CD also includes the orchestral performances of each song without lyrics so you can hear the pieces as the composers intended.

Beethoven’s Wig Is Very Big! - What Folks Are Saying

“An irreverent, witty approach to music appreciation… a laugh out loud album that pretty much guarantees listeners will forevermore recognize (the classics).” - Lynne Heffley, Los Angeles Times

“Inspired and wildly imaginative, Beethoven’s Wig is one of the best introductions to classical music you could give to your children. Beethoven’s Wig is an orchestral treasure with a sense of humor as old or new as its listeners. Highly recommended.” - Martin Keller , Amazon.com

\"A perfect cross between entertainment and education, powered by lyric writing of exceptional craft and imagination.... It evokes a century of musical storytelling, in the most whimsical and clever traditions spanning Gilbert & Sullivan to Tin Pan Alley to the best of Sesame Street. Lyricist and singer Richard Perlmutter understands children as well as he understands music, and his love and passion for both fairly show through in every track.\" - Ventura County Parent

“What’s the most far out place you could find a recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony? The answer lies in the CD itself.” - Susan Stamberg, National Public Radio “All Things Considered”

“This wonderfully imaginative approach to ‘serious music’ for little people exposes the younger audience to the wonders of the classics with an irresistibly skewed sense of humor.” - Amy Barkat, BarnesandNoble.com

“Silly lyrics cleverly draw in young listeners to the world of classical music in this high-spirited recording. This often goofy sing-along CD is a lighthearted way for young children to make acquaintance with popular classical works. Both vocal and instrumental versions of the recording\'s eleven songs are included.” Five Stars.
– DiscoverySchool.com

Five stars! “ Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!” - Yvette Cadeaux, Tower Pulse Magazine

“...the most creative and most child-centered of the five [Grammy] finalists. I hope \"Beethoven\'s Wig\" receives the Grammy ... recordings like this do not come around often ....” - Fred Koch, Chicago Parent

“Perlmutter’s got goofball charm…the orchestra’s great, and his lyrics are truly hilarious.” - U.S. News & World Report



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Chrisr at CD Baby

Music made for children is often cursed by its limitations. It needs to be fun AND educational, but most writers can’t seem to strike the proper balance. Thankfully for us, Richard Perlmutter found what has been called “the perfect blend of inspired silliness and serious music.” SING ALONG SYMPHONIES, the first Grammy-nominated volume in the brilliant Beethoven’s Wig series, is a raucous and hilarious ride through music history. He chose some of the most memorable masterpieces from the Classical and Romantic periods and then set smart, witty words to those melodies. Penning lyrics to fit the fast and furious compositions (many of which were never conceived as vocal pieces) was no small feat. Each song’s subject matter is self-referential, illuminating something about either the composer, the tune, or the inspiration behind it. But Perlmutter reveals his true talents as an educator by delivering this heady material in a fun and catchy form that kids will love. The music is bouncy and bombastic. The cast gives lift to the lyrics with their dramatic, theatrical singing style, while also carefully avoiding condescension at every turn. It’s no wonder this zany collection is getting praised by everyone from NPR to U.S. News & World Report.


This is terrific!
We are all having a great time listening to the humorous and original lyrics. What a fun way to get kids interested in classical music!

Sonya Waters

Great CD
I am using this for kids that range from 1st grade to 7th grade. They all are having a wonderful time with the songs. What a great way to introduce the classics to kids in a fun and exciting way!!