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Classical 101

Play Ball: Baseball and Beethoven For Opening Day

It's opening day for major league baseball, a perfect day to share this faux sportscast by radio DJ and musical satirist "Professor" Peter Schickele, inventor of the fictitious composer P.D.Q. Bach. Schickele has succefully brought together baseball and Ludwig van Beethoven: In a new form of music appreciation, combining America's favorite summer pastime and classical music, two commentators, Robert Dennis and Peter Schickele (and a referee and an audience), provide a play-by-play analysis of the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 as if it were an actual game in progress. Now all they need to do is serve beer and hot dogs in the concert halls. It might be messy, but it would sure loosen things up. Play Ball! Or Beethoven! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0vHpeUO5mw