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8 August 2019, 10:50
Cats + classical music on International Cat Day?! This is what the internet was made for.
International Cat Day 2019 is upon us – what better way to celebrate than by lending our eyes and ears to these sensational kitties who like a ditty.
1. (Russian) Blue Danube
How are these cats cloning themselves? Where did that giant white one come from? And why are they listening to terrible Strauss MIDI arrangements? Who cares: it's a dancing cat video. And it's weirdly hypnotic.
2. Practice makes purr-fect
It's a YouTube video. Of a cat. Playing the piano. With a dodgy pun title. On an online listicle. The internet has peaked, folks, and it looks like this:
It was bound to happen. Internet sensation viral cat + music geek = orchestrated cat videos. Introducing Nora the Piano Cat, playing her 'catcerto' in concert, as her on-screen feline friends look on in wonderment (and lick themselves a bit.)
4. Guitar kitten
A wide-eyed fuzzball, who couldn't resist climbing into the restricted section when her master's back was turned. No one can resist the power of meow-sic.
5. Eine Kleine Nacht-meow-sik
Either there's been a bit of catnip trickery here, or these three creepy-looking Mozart-loving felines have come up with a synchronised dance routine to Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. We know which option we want to believe.
6. Classical rescue kittens
These poor kittens were found in a bag at the side of a motorway, but now they're being looked after and are even enjoying their own classical concert. Maybe they'll hear the Empurror Concerto next.
A serenade for #InternationalCatDay. @estherabrami plays to a feline audience at a cat shelter in France. These kittens were found in a bag at the side of a motorway - but thanks to @lafelinemeyreuillaise they're being looked after and can even enjoy their own classical concert. You can help support the work of this shelter via their crowdfunder https://www.gofundme.com/aidons-les-chats-des-rues
7. Kittens on the gong
A litter of inquisitive kittens realise just how much fun it is to play music together. It's what the internet was invented for.
8. Cat sings Ramin Djawadi's Game of Thrones
If the soothing jazzy strains of the 'Catcerto' didn't float your boat, you're bound to love this utterly bizarre autotuned cat-inspired Game of Thrones parody, right? Right?
9. Cat conductor
Fans of conductors like Riccardo Meowti, Wilhelm Purr-twängler and Simon Cat-tle (sorry) will almost certainly appreciate this nuanced feline interpretation of Beethoven. No St Bernards in sight.
10. Brass mew-t
A sleepy cat takes part in an unexpected duet, playing the role of 'mew-t'. Cat fur is known for its fine noise-cancelling properties, and its ability to make any brass instrument look ridiculously cute.
11. Cat sings Beethoven
This furry fellow may have only managed to sing one note of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, but his timing's impeccable. Missa Solemnis next?
12. Incredible singing cat
If you thought the Beethoven was good, here's a cat who can reproduce Stravinsky's Petrushka chord like it was nothing. Cats are nothing if not perfectionists.
13. Purr Elise
Despite the fact this musical moggy actually died in 1987, the online sensation known as 'Keyboard Cat' lives on. And now he's tackling Beethoven's most over-played piano tune. Round of apaws please.
14. Trio sonata
Beethoven, Bach and Brahms here know the best things come in threes. Pianos accessorised with multiple tiny animals… Instagram has well and truly peaked.