Posted on September 16, 2010
Posted by John Scalzi
I mean, really:
Blame Mary Robinette Kowal, I got it from her.
Saw this earlier today.
I laud them for their ability to keep (mostly) straight faces through this.
I got nothing.
But I couldn’t stop watching, all the same.
I laughed all along then went to Wikipedia and saw that it was written in 1825! Cat crazyness wasn’t invented with internet memes!
These guys are pussies.
(Anyway, unless and until the accompanist does the right thing and uses Cat Piano on an iPad, as I think we can all agree he ought, I refuse to take this group seriously.)
Serious Music Fan R Serious!
Ah the internet, now if someone could super impose the heads of cats and animate them in time with the vocals.
Never forget to be artful in you play and playful in your art.
I think excellence in craft requires both.
my apologies for the typo.
Posso avere bistecca con formaggio?
It’s an internet meme designed by the church to increase branding impressions.
That’s my take on it.
LOL! Cats, the ORIGINAL musical!
I have absolutely sung that song in voice lessons. It’s a classic! No, really, you can look it up!
Internets, I think I…love you.
I really have no words. Probably because I’m trying desperately not to erupt into laughter in the middle of my office….
I have enough cats for a Cat Piano.
D# weighs 30 lbs and would climb up my body and perch on my head for trying it, though, so I’ll pass…
Rossini’s best piece, I think.
This brings back memories, back in highschool (early 90’s) some people performed this piece or one quite like it. They did manage to make it more of a dialogue, and a nasty one at times as well.
Well, it isn’t PDQ Bach, like I expected but G. Berthold is in the same vein…
Hm. That’s two very interesting “kids in religious garb singing something funny” this week. This is a
group of “silent monks singing Handel’s Messiah”. It’s full of awesome.
This made my cat come over to see what the hell I was watching. She seems to be slightly more disturbed than usual.
We can blame Mary for sending it to you, but we’ll still blame you for posting it here.
Thank goodness that wasn’t stuck in my head all day. Thank you iPod full of music goodness.
This could only be more kinds of awesome if Keyboard Cat played them off.
I’ll go with WTF.
What about Nora and the Cat-certo?
I first heard this piece back in the 80s, performed by two women dressed up in cat suits. Helloooo classical music! Where had you been all my life?
Will the catholic church stop at nothing?!
I rarely can understand the lyrics of the music I listen to. It is either in a Language I don’t understand (think Wagner) or the voice itself is unclear (think Mayhem).
For someone who rarely understands lyrics, but likes the sound of the Human Voice, this is pretty cool.
Oh you don’t know crazy like choral people crazy, a long and proud tradition of sopranos who need more oxygen and diva choir directors…It’s like all the most rabid aspects of sci-fi nerdery except about Bach.
Caterwauling has never been nicer
At least in this piece the performers can concentrate on getting the notes right. They don’t have to worry so much about remembering lyrics.
That was great! I love how the dark-haired boy kept laughing. Brilliant!
That was hilarious. Who thinks up these things?!
Nothing special, my cats did the same thing every morning. :-)
I suspect the originator of this idea would fall in the category of “crazy old cat person”
If by “WTF?” you mean, “This is utterly brilliant,” then yes, I totally agree.
Okay, I couldn’t let it go and I did some research. This is a performance of Duet of Cats by Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois from 1996. The blond boy is Hyacinthe de Moulins (I bet he got beat up a lot because of that name) and the dark-haired boy is Regis Mengus. Mengus is now an opera baritone.
What I want to know is, how many times did they have to rehearse that before they could get through it without cracking up?
Oh, my, God. Sam M-B #18. I can’t remember when I’ve laughed that hard. That was fantastic!
Thanks to the Midnight Special (a folk radio show in Chicago with occasional aberrations), I grew up listening to the Victoria de los Angeles and Elizabeth Schwartzkopf version of this duet.
Rossini has a lot to answer for, is all I can say.
(Also, I have a digitized version, so if you want it, let me know.)
Rossini? Yep, that’s one of the duets that all opera singers have to learn. At least the sopranos anyway. My favorite version is the one with 2 ladies did things like fake-hurl a hairball. :)
Sam @ 18 – that is AWESOME. I say this as someone who has sung that piece in every part except Baritone. ForEverAndEver! Hallelujah!
Another nice interpretation of this classic piece of music. :-)
It was written before 1825, it is attributed with a high level of certainty to WA Mozart, from the opera The Philosopher’s Stone.
And not a piece of bacon in sight!
Or, here we have the origins of the Meow Mix commercials.
When I was in high school, and participated in three separate choirs (yeah, I was a lot more energetic back then), we often practiced our pieces by singing “meow meow” instead of the words. The director felt it was a good way to get us to focus on the notes instead of the words.
Maybe this choir’s director went to the same music school mine did. :D
I would have guessed PDQ Bach until I looked it up…
For a brief second, based on the title, I thought they were going to be holding cats and making the *cats* meow.
This was much less disturbing.
Effective Voice Training Exercise: YES
Two of the sopranos in the choir I was in at university performed this one in the revues that we’d do. Also where I was introduced to “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”.
I much prefer it performed by female sopranos than male choir sopranos, but yes – hilarious – and fantastic to see in person as an encore or lighter choice in a serious recital…
How old were the boys at the time. I’d swear 14, because nobody does snark better than 14 year old boys.
That would be this one:
It’s rather disturbing how catty people are being about this…
@Jeff O: Thanks for Nora’s Catcerto. That’s the most brilliant video I’ve seen in a long time!
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