Albert Schweitzer once said, "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
Cats in music over the years have inspired ballet, pop hits, costumes for performers, and entire plays. Here are some of them.
Nora the Piano Cat is, of course, world famous, thanks to YouTube. Nora was the ASPCA Cat of the Year for 2009, and has thousands of fans, young and old alike.
Apparently, Nora likes a well tuned piano...
Classical Cats in Music
Elaine Comparone plays Scarlatti's Fugue in G minor on the harpsichord, known as "The Cat Fugue."
One of the most famous and loved of the classical ballets, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty includes a dance for two fairy-tale cats, Puss in Boots and the White Cat.
The duet called "Duetto Buffo Dei Due Gatti" is based only on the word "miau" or "meow." The composition is often credited to Gioacchino Rossini, but is actually said to be a compilation of parts of Rossini's 1816 opera, Otello. Otello is, itself, an opera in three acts to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Berio di Salsi, and based on William Shakespeare's play Othello.
With over 40 references to cats in his work, none of them positive, Shakespeare apparently did not like cats!
Domenico Scarlatti is said to have composed the "Cat Fugue" or "Cat's Fugue" based on his cat's antics on the keyboard. Apparently his furry feline friend was curious about the sounds the keyboard made when he walked on it, and one day Scarlatti wrote down the musical phrase the cat was playing at the time. This became the basis and inspiration for the piece.
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