This hedgehog has just composed a beautiful piece of contemporary classical music

20 November 2014, 17:27

Marutaro, a pygmy hedgehog and viral internet sensation, has improvised an exquisite atonal melody.

Marutaro could well be the smallest of all internet celebrities, but the little Japanese hedgehog has been making musical waves in a new video. A six-second clip of him taking to a piano's keyboard has been uploaded onto the micro-video app Vine - and it sounds a lot like a new piece of contemporary classical music.

The composition is a gently chromatic affair, and immediately calls to mind the gentle lyricism of Marutaro's countryman, the 20th-century composer Toru Takemitsu.  

In a second video, the hedgehog descends the piano's high notes - this time in a jazzier mood, backed by bass and drums.

Marutaro's adventures in life and social media are proving very popular. The adorable erinaceid currently has 76,000 followers on Twitter and his Vine videos have been played almost 50 million times. 

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