Date of First Appearance:
May 30, 1951
Schulz on Schroeder:
"Schroeder and his love of playing Beethoven came from a music book I was
looking at the very first year the strip began. We had just bought a tiny piano
for our young daughter, Meredith: she was then only two years old. And I
thought, 'Why not have Schroeder [who had just come into the strip as a baby]
play the toy piano?'
"Sometimes, drawing the musical scores that Schroeder plays can be very
tedious, but I love the pattern that the notes make on the page. I have always
tried to be authentic in this matter."
Schroeder idolizes Beethoven and practices regularly on his toy piano.
Schroeder's favorite holiday is Beethoven's birthday, but he also plays for all
of the school productions. The music he plays is usually part of a real
Beethoven composition, but it can also be dog prints, when Snoopy dances on the
piano. Lucy is madly in love with Schroeder and she frequently leans on his
piano to encourage him to notice her.