Miau, Miau, Miau – Duetto Buffo di due Gatti
Meow: Comedy Duet for Two Cats (“Duo des chats“) c.1825, by Gioachino Rossini sung by the French boys choir Les petits chanteurs la croix de bois (PCCB) is also known as “The Little Singers Of Paris” or the “Boy’s Choir of the Wooden Cross” performing in South Korea in 1996
Blonde boy soprano soloist: Hyacinthe de Moulins
Dark haired boy soprano soloist: Regis Mengus
Piano / Choirmaster: Rodolphe Pierrepont
The cats duet is a popular performance piece for two sopranos which is often performed as a concert encore. The “lyrics” consist entirely of the repeated word “miau”. Sometimes it is also performed by a soprano and a tenor, or a soprano and a bass.
While the piece is typically attributed to Gioachino Rossini, it was not actually written by him, but is instead a compilation written in 1825 that draws principally on Rossini’s 1816 opera, Otello. Hubert Hunt claims that the compiler was Robert Lucas de Pearsall, who for this purpose adopted the pseudonym “G. Berthold”.
I have chosen to share for my Chinese friends unable to access YouTube.
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