1. He’s following along a fairly complicated piece (despite having hooves), then he hits some banana peels in the sheet music and does a musical pratfall. Is what it is.

  2. Adding to dvandom: When Schroder played his toy piano, written music would appear as it does here. Eventually Schulz started doing gags where Snoopy would wander in and interact with the written music. I’d say this is an explicit homage, since it duplicates the iconic Schroder pose (complete with toy piano), and ends with that strange backwards flip that everybody in Peanuts did sooner or later (especially when yelled at by Lucy.

  3. I think MinorAnnoyance has it. Was it, perchance, published on
    January 3rd or February 13th? Those were the dates of the last
    daily and last Sunday Peanuts strips.

    BTW, did you notice that the lower banana peel is draped over
    the staff lines?

  4. I’m sight-singing the tune, and it seems to fit slipping-on-a-banana-peel music. Would probably be perfect in a movie.

  5. I’m listening to the tune; it’s not complicated and sounds Classical or late Baroque, though I could be way off on that. I don’t recognize it, though.

  6. I could, but the only such apps I can find are ones that identify specific *recordings*. They look for patterns in the audio profile of a specific recording of a song; they don’t identify music by melody or note.

    If you know of one that attempts the latter, I’m all ears.

  7. If it were the standard “slip on a banana peel tune” that’d be kind of funny. If it were “Yes we have no bananas” (which is certainly isn’t) it’d be hilarious. Otherwise I’m just a little … motivation adrift. Not a bad joke but not really a very clever or pertinent one.

  8. Okay, I plunked out of few notes on my piano (I’m really, really, not very good) and … I’m pretty sure it *is* the slip on a banana peel tune. (You know, Da-du-du-da-dah-de-duh-duh. Da-du-du-da-dah-de-duh-duh. Dot duh, da duh de dah do) Which makes this pretty funny!

    (Although many don’t like these cryptic need an obscure knowledge to even read jokes; I’m okay with them.)

  9. In a letter to the Archduke Rudolph in November 1814, Beethoven wrote,

    “I notice your Imperial Highness wishes to make an experiment on horses by means of my music. It is to see, I perceive, whether the riders thereby can make some clever somersaults. Ha, ha, I must really laugh at your Imperial Highness for thinking of me in this matter; for that I shall be to the end of my life,

    Your most willing servant,
    Ludwig van Beethoven

    N.B. The desired horse-music will reach your Imperial Highness at full gallop.”

    Of course, that’s way too obscure a reference, so there’s no way that’s the actual joke.

  10. woozy: While I sometimes complain about unnecessarily cryptic jokes, for me this seems more like a joke that stands on its own, but then has an additional “bonus” joke if you get the tune.

  11. “What is the standard slip on a banana peel tune?”

    Slide whistle
    trombone double trill ( “wah-wah” )

  12. “but then has an additional “bonus” joke if you get the tune.”

    I may have been more amused if the tune had turned out to be ‘I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”. (or ‘Blueberry Hill’…or ‘Tutti Frutti’…or…you know.)

  13. The Horse interacting with his music is a recurring trope in this comic. IIRC the plays various instruments.

  14. Coming up with a better joke is… fine, really.
    But it isn’t really impressive unless you can do it every day, on deadline.

  15. “What is the standard slip on a banana peel tune?”

    Da-da-da-da-daa-de-daa-dah. Da-da-da-da-daa-de-daa-dah. Dah-da-dah-da-dah-da-duh-duh. Da-da-da-da-daa-de-daa-dah. Duhn-da-duhn-da-duhn-da-duh. Da-da-da-da-daa-de-daa-dah. Whooop.

  16. You know. Rise up a scale to a: quarter, 3/8, 1/8, 3/8, 1/8, quarter quarter. repeated twice as you go up scale and the a sincopation downscale in the rhythm 3/8, 1/8, quarer quarter, 3/8, 1/8, quarer quarter, and then a repeat but at a higher pitch and increasingly frenzied.

  17. “Coming up with a better joke is… fine, really.”

    You’ve never suggested ways to refine a comic’s comedic effect on these pages? Wow. You’re probably the only one. I admire your restraint.

  18. Woozy, I’m a musician and I have no idea what you’re talking about. Can’t you link to a sound clip or video clip or something?

  19. “You’ve never suggested ways to refine a comic’s comedic effect on these pages?”

    I sure have. Where do you see me claiming I haven’t?

    It’s still Monday-morning quarterbacking, which I’ve also done (in literal-terms).
    Here it is, Wednesday morning, and several years later, but I can tell you that unlike Russel Wilson, I know that if my team is playing in the Super Bowl, I should throw the ball to guys wearing the same color shirts as me, not one of the guys wearing a different color shirt.

  20. The music is the opening of “Domine Fili Unigente” from Vivaldi’s Gloria. Doesn’t help with the joke, though.

  21. “Can’t you link to a sound clip or video clip or something?”

    Sure, give me a url or point me to where I a find a recording of it so I can make a sound clip, and I’ll make a a link to it.

    Or you could wait a few months or a year or two until I stumble across it on my own and if I still remember this conversation I’ll remember to make a note where I heard it and if it seems this thread is still of interest I’ll send link to sound clip or reference.

    For what it’s worth, I was completely mistaken “Domine Fili Unigente”. For one thing I was imagining it to have about twice the tempo. If the joke is just slipping an banana peels, its cute but not really funny funny.

  22. Just to add to the the Banana-themed song list, here is Harry Chapin singing his hilarious classic, “Thirty Thousand Pounds of Bananas”:

  23. I’m getting an interesting Google translate glitch where Domine Fili Unigente is being translated as ‘presto’ instead of something like ‘the Lord’s only son.’

  24. “Where do you see me claiming I haven’t?”

    Sorry James. I just took your line ‘But it isn’t really impressive…’ as being rather derisive of what generally goes on around here; attempting to interpret ambiguous comics and suggesting methods of improvement. Apologies if I construed your statements incorrectly. Although to be honest, I’m not entirely sure why you made them in the first place. Just stating the obvious?

  25. I should have recognized the Vivaldi: I played in on a piano accompanying a chorus about five years ago. There weren’t any banana peels involved, though.

  26. “being rather derisive of what generally goes on around here; attempting to interpret ambiguous comics”

    Figuring out what the joke was (or was supposed to be) is one thing. Trying to write a better joke is another thing. Yes, it may well be possible to build a better setup, or deliver the zinger in a zingier way… but doing it one at a time, with unlimited time to think about it, isn’t in the same league as delivering something new, every day, on deadline. (I can do the one. I wouldn’t last long trying to do the other.) And by the time you’re debating the effectiveness of the secondary (or tertiary) joke in a three-panel cartoon, the point of diminishing returns is very likely within hailing distance.

  27. Oh. Ok. I just see these kinds of things as rather pleasant deviations upon the themes that come up in the course of our discussions over the comics in this awesome forum that Bill has set up. They are usually quite funny…very often more humorous than the comic under discussion. I don’t think they are meant to impress anyone or are destined to succumb to the law of diminishing returns, effectiveness-wise. I think these discussions have a value of their own and are half the reason I come here. Still, as has been said here many times before…YMMV.

  28. @Folly: and if you try translating “Domine Fili Unigente “, it offers ‘O Zodiac’ instead ! 🙂

  29. When I saw this here, I was immediately reminded of another cartoon/drawing I saw quite recently with snippets of musical score distributed in appropriate places in the scene. But I couldn’t track it down.

    Until now! It is the cover of the April 16 issue of The New Yorker. They give the title as “Sountrack to Spring” and credit Tom Gauld as the artist.

    I’ll try to find a place to link or paste from. But in the meanwhile, if you’re curious, that should be enough info to track it down.

    It’s clever and pleasing. There are eight bits of musical notation, in balloons with pointers to the origin of the sound in the scene. Three are birds — they look like all the same species (robin redbreast?) but each has its own song. A doorbell has what I take to be a “ding dong” figure. A passerby is listening to headphones. Three residents of the house are seen thru windows: one practicing(?) the violin, one with a wind-up ballerina music-box, and one listening to music over a stereo with speakers.

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