Just a harmless bit of fun

Only more serious scholars of the Monty Python oeuvre may be aware of Another Monty Python Record (1971), packaged as “Beethoven Symphony No.2 In D Major”. Its “serious” liner notes on the back eventually degenerate into a commentary on Beethoven’s Wimbledon debut.

After a lengthy and erudite account of the composer and the symphony, little comments begin to slip in inconspicuously:

The important part of the first subject is Beethoven’s almost disdainful use of the high lob, forcing Hewitt to play play right up to the net.
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In all the Allegro is a compact and closely argued musical proposition, which would have been impossible on a hard court.
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The second tune, which Beethoven said on his arrest was “just a harmless bit of fun”…
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Beethoven now goes on to Forest Hills for the American hard court championships, and if this boy can repeat the devastating lobbying and volleying which he has shown on grass, but at the same time control his tendency to swing away on his second service and backhand returns, he could earn his position as No.2 seed behind the burly Roger Chopin of Puerto Rico.

3 thoughts on “Just a harmless bit of fun

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