A Brilliant Idea: Concerto for Nora (the Cat) and Orchestra

Composer and Conductor Mindaugas Piecaitis in Lithuania had an idea. Why not build an orchestral accompaniment around the now-famous YouTube video of Nora the Piano Cat? The result is a brilliant, if sometimes quirky piece of music that gently and playfully interacts with the cat video.

Despite the title ‘CATcerto’, this is actually a sensitive and at times contemplative piece, and shows just what a composer can do, how they can make some interesting compositional choices in response to almost random events, and make sense of it all. As Igor Stravinsky once said: “The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.”

We now live in an Internet-connected world, where digital video, composers and chamber orchestras can all somehow blend into something that’s…well, Art. I’m all for it.