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.

6 Replies to “A Brilliant Idea: Concerto for Nora (the Cat) and Orchestra”

  1. I love this. I ful­ly sup­port this kind of art form.
    And I will admit it that its kind of inspired me to do a lit­tle com­pos­ing of my own.

    High­ly inge­nious.
    Its just what I need­ed to see.

    Thanks 🙂

  2. That is sim­ply bril­liant. So many ele­ments involved — cre­ative video edit­ing com­bined with com­po­si­tion. As a music teacher, I would love to use this as a lis­ten­ing piece to have stu­dents iden­ti­fy the intro­duc­tion and restate­ment of themes.

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