Some wonder why can’t we just leave the radio on for pets. But take NPR for example, where the music spans from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Tchaikovsky’s symphonies to Mozart sonatas, the dynamics and tempos go up and down all the time and that just causes stress.
Composers That Have Left Paw Impressions
It is said that Domenico Scarlatti’s cat Pulcinella stepped on the keyboard, thereby giving the Italian composer the idea for cembalo sonata K30/L499 in G minor, later known as “The Cat Fugue”.
In his later years, British composer Edward Elgar had two dogs. The orchestral piece “Mina” is named after his beloved Cairn terrier.
French impressionist Maurice Ravel was a true friend of felines, and particularly enchanted by Siamese cats. One can tell from the meowing in “Duo miaulé” from the magical opera “The Child and the Enchantments”.
To read more, check out KLASSISKT MED KLÖS, MAGASINET OM KLASSISK MUSIK & OPERA (Opus Magazine) by Johanna Paulsson, June 2019.