Good Christmas, Charlie Brown

December 20, 2022 12:59

It was December 9, 1965 in a sobborgo qualsiasi degli State Uniti. Fuori nevica e alla tv, tenuta a volume baso, si sus seguono no le notizie sulla vietnam war. Poco più di un sestimana prima decine di migliaia di persone, dopo aver picchettato la Casa Bianca, avevano marciato verso il monumento a George Washington. Alla radio, accesa nella stanza di un teenager al piano di sopra, passano like a rolling stone Say Bob Dylan and (I can’t get no) Satisfaction dei Rolling Stones. The world is changing and Christmas is changing as well, because there is a cartoon animated that will be on the air that everyone is attacked on TV: i grandi indaffarati a impacchettare regali, i bambini alle prese con le loro recite e gli ultimi compiti, e gli adolescenti che ascoltano gli Stones chiusi nella loro cameretta.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the cousin television special based on his character from the Peanuts of Charles M. Schulz gives a miracle: he transforms the distress of Linus, Snoopy and Charlie Brown into a Christmas minifilm for children capable of dealing with even the cravings and the inappropriateness of the parrot parents and brothers più grandi. The first scene sees all the characters from the Peanuts pattinare su un laghetto ghiacciato: Linus, Shermy, Schroeder, Lucy, Violet, Piperita Patty e Frieda, la bambina con i riccioli naturali, sono lì che si amuseno entre Charlie Brown è depresso perché il Natale è ventato un festa comerciale y senz’anima.

Lucy, from her “psychiatric help” kiosk, the council will organize a recital to contact you with the spirit of the festivities. Si susguono no delusioni, frustrazioni, piccoli traumi e brutte figure fino a un finale chorale in cui tutti (Snoopy compreso) cantano intorno a grande albero decoratedo. Ancora oggi il cartone stupisce per delicatezza, intelligenza e ironia. Without the noble descent of transversal and complex characters like Peanuts, it is difficult to imagine a certain film from Pixar, because they are capable of speaking to generations very far behind parrot.

One of the most surprising characteristics of A Charlie Brown Christmas It’s the music: a jazz score, even more sophisticated, that mixes new arrangements of classical birthplaces and songs composed for the occasion of the pianist Vince Guaraldi (1928-1976) ed eseguite dal suo terzetto. The music created by Guaraldi, insieme to the design and dialogue, is the third pilaster whose base is the riuscita of the cardboard. Sow a trascurabile dettaglio, ma il fatto che A Charlie Brown Christmas If the cousin of questi speciali televisivi a non avere le ráste preregistrate rendere la música ancora più importante: le permette de riempire efficiacemente pause e di compagnare con grazia le battute, a volte sottili a volte fulminanti, dei personaggi di Schulz.

Like Charlie Brown’s recitation, like this TV special is born from a failure. The idea of ​​making a documentary on his Peanuts laughed at the beginning of the sixties, when Schulz’s sadness began to become truly famous. The initial idea of ​​television producer Lee Mendelson is to make a film of Charles M. Schulz’s daily life with few minutes of animated inserts and a jazz sound colonna purposely commissioned by Vince Guaraldi, the care Cast your fate to the wind It was a good radio success in 1962.

The documentary is made, the music by Guaraldi is written and arranged by Mendelson who finds that no television network is interested in buying it and transmitting it. When, in April 1965, I finished Peanuts sulla copertina di Time The Coca-Cola company chiama Mendelson ed expresses a quick interest in sponsoring some of his Peanuts and, alla fine, chiede uno speciale a cartoni animati di mezz’ora per Natale. Mendelson, senza rendersi del tutto conto che realizzare un prodotto del genere en 1965 en soli sei mesi era una missione quasi impossibile, accetta. He was a girl from Corsa Schulz and Guaraldi and convinced him to put his hand to the designs and all the music that at this point he did not have a Christmas theme.

For the jazz musician, if he tries to improvise his music, he will have composed and added something to expressly born. Nonostante il poco tempo a disposizione Guaraldi mette insieme uno degli album di Natale più più piacevoli e intelligenti della historia, per lo più disastrata, dei cosiddetti holiday album. And in più riesce also a piazzarci one standard birth: his Christmas time is here (with a text written in fretta e furia by Mendelson) is released a classic risequito da chiunque: dai REM ad Alicia Keys, passing by Rosemary Clooney and Mel Torme.

Also the arrangement cool jazz della carola natalizia O Tannenbaum He is a brave fish, with his accord appena accentuated and quasi impressionistic of jingle bell all the way, and Per Elisathe famous trifle by Beethoven, the capolino directly from the repertoire of Schroeder, the piccolo pianist from the Peanuts. Linus & Lucy It is one of the best recoveries from the most used documentary vecchio and it is forse what best describes the sensibility of Vince Guaraldi for the description of the characters.

alla vecchia carola what child is this Guaraldi interpolates the theme, famous, dell’antica melodia populare greensleeves. Nella versione vocale di Christmas time is here and in Hark the herald angels sing Si sente il choir di bambini della chiesa episcopale di San Rafael, in California, shortly in the distance from the study of Los Anglese dove Guaraldi was recording in the autumn of 1965. The indication of Guaraldi is that the choir must sing perfectly but will always be alive group of babies

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Sono tutti questi dettagli che rendono A Charlie Brown Christmas An album that, in its originality, could be appreciated by a wide and heterogeneous public that could turn on TV in December 1965. The success of the cardboard and the disc, which is a redosso delle feste with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Snoopy in Copertina, è tale che la colonna sonora di Vince Guaraldi diventerà il second album jazz più duto della storia, dopo a kind of blue Say Miles Davis.

For many babies and babies of allora A Charlie Brown Christmas I am a cousin in contact with jazz music. As Chris Barton wrote in 2012 in the Los Angeles Times, recalling the success of the operation, “Guaraldi has shown how a pianoforte, a contrabbasso and a drummer could not capture a sentiment or a character, so it is that sentiments are compless, conflictive or I define troppo belli per essere descritti a parole. È una scoperta, forse inconscia, che apre le porte alle scoperte di Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk e Robert Glasper”.

A coincidence per noi italiani: A Charlie Brown Christmas It was used in December 1965. In this year, in April, it was used in Italy by the number one di Linus, the first rivista wholly smoked in our country and intitled with the name of one of the most notable characters of Schulz. Due libri dei Peanuts erano già usciti in Italia nel 1963 e nel 1964 por Milano Libri con l’indimenticabile traduzione dei fratelli Cavallone. A loro si deve l’invenzione del “Grande Cocomero”, e delle “toffolette” (the poetic translation per descrivere i marshmallows a lettori italiani che non avevano idea di cosa fossero).

Vince Guaraldi Trio
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Fantasy, 1965

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Good Christmas, Charlie Brown


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