Would you like to introduce your child to some piano classics without putting him to sleep? Beethoven’s Wig spices up some of the greatest masterpieces with funny lyrics. I know, I know. I, too, thought the music might be ruined by random lyrics. Whether or not you care for the words, however, they seem to be a very effective way of helping kids retain the music. It worked for my six-year-old. And wouldn’t you rather your kids sing along to Mozart than, say, Katie Perry?
Rocky is particularly enthralled with poor Uncle Joe whose car won’t go. Joe’s story is told to the tune of Chopin’s Funeral March. He also likes to sing “I Can’t Sleep” to the music of Brahm’s Lullaby. One of his all time favorite’s from the whole series is Offenbach’s “Can You Can Can?”, especially the part where the singer says “shake your derriere”. In typical little boy fashion, he giggles every time. And, of course, the song that started it all, the one about Beethoven’s wig, which is “grandiose, don’t get to close, you’ll overdose! Because it’s big.” Once you get them hooked, you can play the songs in their original form; these are also included on the CD.
Beethoven’s Wig is led by Richard Perlmutter and features four opera singers and an orchestra. This is the group’s fifth album, the previous four having racked up an impressive 46 national awards and four grammy nominations. BW does live tours, mostly in the LA area. We unfortunately missed the last performance but I’m keeping an eye out for future ones!
Check out the Beethoven’s Wig website to view a video and hear some musical samplings from their albums.
Disclosure: Beethoven’s Wig sent me a sample for review.