A black cat named Choco has become an internet sensation after Japanese pianist Yuriko Morota filmed the discerning feline’s response to a recording of the Adagio from Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.
“His movements were so extraordinary that using my smartphone, I immediately began to video-record him,” Yuriko said, in a report by Ireland’s Independent. “His movements were so mysterious and interesting that my husband and I couldn’t help laughing aloud.”
— 諸田 由里子 (@yurikomorota) 19 May 2018
The video of Choco transfixed by Mahler’s music, which Morota posted on Twitter, has been viewed more than two million times. “He was a stray that came to live with us two and a half months after he was born in a neighbour’s yard. He’s now one year old,” Morota said. “He’s a so-called ‘scaredy-cat’, very timid and easily frightened and very spoiled.”
Choco’s antics have also inspired a series of artworks, tributes from fans across the world.
— Corneille 🐦 (@pyrrhociconia) 19 May 2018
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— ✨🌈 ITS C! 💜✨ (@genderwizard) 21 May 2018
Cats appreciating classical music is hardly a new phenomenon, however, with US cellist and composer David Teie releasing an album of music for cats in 2016.
But perhaps it is Lithuanian composer Mindaugas Piečaitis’ 2009 CATcerto that will go down in history as the finest piece of classical music for (or by) cats. A collaboration with famous Internet cat musician Nora The Piano Cat, the video of Piečaitis’ work performed live has over six million views. So who will be the next Meowzart or Clawed Depussy?