Many are the vocal recitals and opera galas that have ended with the Cat Duet as an encore. Some albums including this piece are:. Sometimes it is also performed by a soprano bufto a tenor, or a soprano and a bass. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Vocal duets Compositions by Gioachino Rossini Humor in classical music Zoomusicology Songs about rossnii compositions. A Tribute to Gerald Moore.
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Originally for two sopranos, this comical encore is a popular duet for any two voice types. Whilst this work is often attributed to Rossini, it was not actually written by him, instead it has been suggested that it was compiled by vocal composer Robert Lucas de Pearsall.
Duetto buffo di due gatti takes melodic kernels from the Katte-Cavatine, part of the Act 2 duet between Otello and Iago in and part of the aria sung by Rodrigo in Act 2. The piano accompaniment to the song is a simple repetitive sequence based on crotchet movement. The chords sometimes move chromatically to build the tension and support the voices above.
The voices start with a simple motif that then develops into a much more bouncy and fast-paced moving meow. The cats become entangled in a conversation with one another, with each performer adding their own comical spin on the feline characters. There is a sense of competition between the two cats too, which comes across in the ridiculous development of the main themes. With only one word being sung at any one time the way that the voices are made interesting is by the use of melismas.
This technique is when a vocalist moves around different notes on one syllable. This becomes much longer and more dramatic as the song moves along, with the two cats coming together on the longest melismatic phrase at the end before the climax. The song ends abruptly and the cats take their leave off of the stage. This comical song is a concert favourite with both singers and audiences and gives the performers a keen opportunity to perform and take liberties.
There have been many different arrangements of this song, with there also being a famous orchestral version. Happy International Cat Day !
Gioachino Rossini ‘Duetto buffo di due gatti’: Meow!
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