On this, the fifth Beethoven’s Wig album, the Wig turns from symphonic to piano music, adding its spin to giants of the keyboard: Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy and Mussorgsky, as well as modern composers Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Henry Cowell.
Scott Joplin’s ragtime classic “The Entertainer” becomes the setting for a hilarious narrative about a piano that got stuck in the door. And “Poor Uncle Joe,” set to Chopin’s famous Funeral March, is an elegy for a car that has reached the end of the road.
In Mozart Makes Kids Smart, Perlmutter offers his take on the “Mozart Effect.” And “I Like Art” is a guided tour of some of the most famous paintings in history.
La De Da Sonata features incredible vocal gymnastics. And Perlmutter also includes the most egalitarian piano composition of all, “Chopsticks,” with lyrics about a pecking chicken in which Perlmutter clucks like a mad hen.
In addition, there’s a story about an annoying fly at bedtime in Brahms Lullaby, and a trip to the moon in Debussy’s Clair de Lune.