December 12th 05, 10:02 PM
"Rebecca Root" > wrote in message
> On 2005-12-10 08:45:12 -0700, 5cats > said:
> My current cats don't seem to care about music one way or the other, but
> my previous cat, Thackeray, loved late Renaissance, early baroque music.
> His favorite composer was John Dowland, and his favorite piece was
> "Lachramae Pavane" (the instrumental solo version). I play baroque harp,
> and if I played this piece he'd come running from where ever he was to lay
> there and purr.
> Thackie was very shy of other people and would hide if they came over.
> Once, a lutenist I played with (named Phil) came over for a rehearsal with
> me and of course Thackeray hid. While warming up, Phil started in to play
> the Lachramae, and Thackie came running in, though it sounded a little
> different on lute. He stopped dead when he saw that the music was coming
> from a stranger. He scooted out, but I noticed that he stayed just outside
> behind the door, out of sight but where he could listen in.
> Another time I was working on this awful little solo in Monteverdi's
> Orfeo. It was two bars of seemingly meaningless runs. It was really
> difficult to play at all, and I had no clue how to make it sound like
> anything. Thackie would leave the room with his ears back whenever I
> played it. I finally got so that I could at least play the notes, and then
> was slowly able to find the music in it. And then, I finally nailed it,
> not just slippling along on the notes, but really putting the affect in
> it. I looked up and there was Thackie, still in the room, all stretched
> and happy, with this look on his face that said "Finally! something worth
> listening to!" After that, I always used him as a guage from when a piece
> turned from just notes to music.
The cats don't seem to react very much to Monteverdi, but Tigger doesn't
particularly like operatic sopranos. The louder the music, the less they
like it, too. The "1812 Overture" and "Wellington's Victory" are guaranteed
to empty the room of cats. I'm not sure they think much of "The Rite of
Panda (RB) once got into my lap while I was playing the piano at home,
accompanying a singer with whom I was rehearsing. And if I'm practicing
organ music, Tigger will sometimes show up on the bench as if to say, "Hey!
I come first around here! Stop it with that box of whistles! It's driving me
nuts! I have to protect you from that thing!"