February 17 – Special Effects

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Leroy Anderson: The Waltzing Cat
Who says classical music is stiff and formal? With all its oils, rosins and spit valves, and its instrumental materials ranging from elephant tusks to pipes of wood from the jungles of Brazil, classical music sounds like a cross between a zoo and an automotive garage if you ask us! And hey, with all those pieces emulating animal sounds, calling it a zoo isn’t far off. In this piece, “The Waltzing Cat,” the strings slip and slide between notes to achieve sounds of meowing, hissing and scratching.

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