I used to, and still have, an enormous crush on Schroeder.
“From his first appearance at the piano on September 24, 1951, Schroeder has played classical pieces of virtuoso level, as depicted by Schulz’s transcription of sheet music onto the panel. The first piece Schroeder played was Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor. Schroeder is often found playing selections from a sonata by Beethoven, his favorite composer. As revealed in one strip wherein Lucy took his bust of Beethoven and smashed it, he has an entire closet full of Beethoven busts. It was also found that he has an entire closet full of pianos. Every year, Schroeder marks December 16, the birthday of his hero. Schulz once revealed that he had originally planned to depict Johannes Brahms as Schroeder’s idol, but decided that Beethoven simply sounded “funnier.” He was once in shock when he forgot Beethoven’s birthday. When Charlie Brown’s baseball team is required to have a sponsor to play games, Schroeder’s sponsor is Beethoven. In the early strips Schroeder also played other composers. In one strip, Lucy implies that his idolization of Beethoven is excessive, asking him what he thinks of other classical composers such as Schubert, Brahms, Bach, and Chopin. Schroeder simply replies, “They were great composers too”… and continues to play Beethoven.
Schroeder is usually depicted sitting at his toy piano, able to pound out multi-octave selections of music, despite the fact that such a piano has a very small realistic range (for instance, and as a running joke, the black keys are merely painted on to the white keys). On one occasion, Charlie Brown tried to get him to play a real piano and Schroeder burst into tears, intimidated by its size.
Schroeder’s other distinguishing mark as a character is his constant refusal of Lucy’s love. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder, and frequently leans against his piano while he is playing, professing her love for him. However, Beethoven was a lifelong bachelor, and Schroeder feels he must emulate every aspect of his idol’s life, even if it is insinuated that he reciprocates Lucy’s feelings. In a story arc where she and the rest of her family have moved out of town, Schroeder becomes frustrated with his music and mutters disbelievingly that he misses her, realizing that, despite his animosity towards her, Lucy has unwittingly become Schroeder’s muse and he cannot play without her (he parodies Henry Higgins by saying, “Don’t tell me I’ve grown accustomed to THAT face!”). Sometimes, he gets so annoyed with Lucy that he outright yanks the piano out from underneath her to get her away from him. However, he does allow Charlie Brown to lounge against the piano, because of their solid friendship. The question of how the unwanted Lucy nevertheless keeps getting into Schroeder’s house is never addressed; presumably Schroeder’s unseen parents do not take his dislike for her very seriously.”
In the office studying criminal law during lunch hours … with some nice music to keep me company…
I feel like going to the night safari! I have wanted to go again for ages, to see the otters. I wish I had an otter loving companion too to go see the otters with me.