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For the feast of the cat, (February 17) some themed songs!
The National Cat Day occurs on February 17th and if you find cats everywhere today you know why
The National Cat Day occurs on February 17 and was born in 1990. The cat-loving journalist Claudia Angeletti proposed a referendum among the readers of the magazine "Tuttogatto" to establish the day to dedicate to these animals.
The winning proposal was that of Mrs. Oriella Del Col who thus motivated her idea in proposing this date that contains multiple meanings:
  • - February is the month of the zodiac sign of Aquarius, that is, of free and nonconformist spirits like those of cats who do not like to feel oppressed by too many rules.
  • - among the popular sayings February was defined as "the month of cats and witches" thus linking cats and magic
  • - the number 17, in the Italian tradition, has always been considered a bearer of misfortune, the same fame that, in past times, was reserved for the cat
  • - the sinister fame of 17 is determined by the anagram of the Roman numeral which changes from XVII into "VIXI" or "I lived", consequently "I am dead". Not so for the cat who, by legend, can claim to have lived boasting the possibility of other lives.
  • - 17 thus becomes "1 life 7 times"

For the cat's party, then some themed songs!

The delicious Funny duet of two cats it is a piece for two female voices (two sopranos or soprano and mezzo soprano) with piano accompaniment, often performed as a concert encore. Published in 1825, it is generally attributed to Rossini, but it was not he who wrote it directly - it is actually a pastiche that partly uses Rossini's music (taken from the opera Othello, first performance in Naples 1816), and others from Katte-Cavatine (Cavatina dei Cats) by the Danish composer Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse (1774 - 1842).

The piece was probably assembled by Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1795 - 1856), English composer who published it at the music publisher Ewer & Johanning, but signed himself with the pseudonym G.. Berthold.

The text consists solely of the repetition of the onomatopoeia Meow, and the piece is a sort of parody of a love duet: languishes, scratches and reconciles.

Another famous piece related to cats is the Sonata in G minor K. 30 (L. 499), by Domenico Scarlatti, also known as Cat escape.

It is part of the Exercises for gravicembalo, the well-known collection of XXX Sonatas, closed by the piece in question;

the work, the only one personally edited by Scarlatti, was published in London in 1738 by Fortier, a French engraver and printer active in England. Of this magnificent edition there is a unique example in the Marciana of Venice with 110 pages of music, and a long dedication by Scarlatti to the king of Portugal John V, who had made him a knight of San Giacomo; the fifth sheet also contains a warning to the reader: “Do not expect profound understanding in these compositions, either amateur or professor, but rather the ingenious joke of art, to train you in frankness on the gravicembalo. . . therefore show yourself more human than critical: and yes you will increase your delights. "

The title Cat escape in reality it was never used by Domenico Scarlatti, but derives from an anecdote: it is said that the composer had a cat named Pulcinella, who liked to walk on the keyboard of the harpsichord, intrigued by the sounds emitted by the instrument. Scarlatti would have enjoyed transcribing on the stave the apparently dissonant and random sequence of notes produced by his cat's 'musical walk' - which evidently walked on the keyboard from left to right - using it as the main theme of the sonata.

The reference to the cat appears for the first time in 1815, in the second volume of the Muzio Clementi collection Selection of Practical Harmony where the song is titled The Celebrated Cat's Fugue  (The famous cat escape), and later in a publication by William H. Callcott, on whose title page there are kittens around the piano keyboard.

The sonata became famous among the pianists of the nineteenth century. Franz Liszt, who knew it thanks to the important collection of manuscripts of Abbot Fortunato Santini, included it in the programs of his triumphal Berlin concert seasons in the early 1840s with the surtitle Cat Escape (Katzen-Fuge), later also used by Ignaz Moscheles

From L'Enfant et les sortilèges, fantaisie lyrique  by Maurice Ravel comes another onomatopoeic duo, the Duo miaulé.

The opera, Ravel's second and last opera production after L'Heure espagnole (1907), was composed in the years 1919 - 1925 on a libretto by Colette.

A masterpiece of orchestration, it consists of a succession of independent paintings that cross various musical genres, from jazz to ragtime, from foxtrot to waltzes to choral pieces; to give musical dress to the many onomatopoeias of Colette's libretto, Ravel used, in addition to his genius as an orchestrator, a series of at least unusual instruments, such as crank frogs, rattlesnails, a whisk, the cheese grater, eoliophones, etc. .

The story is that of a child who does not want to do his homework and, in anger, breaks various objects, teases and annoys the animals, exclaiming 'I am free, free, bad and free!'  Objects and animals unexpectedly come to life, threaten the child and act to punish him; the child, however, although frightened, treats a squirrel and passes out. Then all the fantastic creatures repent and take the child back to the mother, and the work ends on the two syllables of the call 'maman '.

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