My cat plays piano better than my students

My cat plays piano better than my students


norman lebrecht

August 17, 2019

Laura Elliott tells her local paper in the West Midlands that two-year-old Jasper jumps onto the keys before students can start playing.



  • Alexander says:

    Nora’s disciple apparently 😉

  • Allen says:

    Oh good, SlippedDisc has merged with Twitter.

    What next? A conducting dog?

  • John Borstlap says:

    There is a tradition of cats playing the piano. And they prefer the interval of a secund.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      De-Pussy, is it?

    • V.Lind says:

      Thanks for that — it’s brilliant. I love the way she brings in her left hand, I mean paw, then explores the black keys…listening to it, I thought how much better her composition was than so much contemporary music I have had to sit through in the concert hall. Bit of Glass influence, and one begins to think she has watched a few of our more flamboyant performers. Including, in one dramatic movement, Elton John!

  • Ed says:

    My cat loves K. 299.

  • Brettermeier says:

    And that’s why cats are better than dogs. 🙂

    In another matter:

    I have trouble accessing slippedisc from Germany since yesterday. Right now I’m able to read blog entries again, but the comment section won’t load.

  • Caranome says:

    It’s modern music classic.

  • Susan Bradley says:

    many aeons ago, in my undergraduate music degree, we had to compose a piece using aleatoric principles. One of my cats seemed to rather like pootling up and down the piano keys, so I placed a microphone in the open lid of the piano, filled my pocket with dried cat nibbles, and set the cassette recording. The cat wandered, pounced, sat down at her whim and the cunning placements of cat treats.
    I got 83 per cent for that composition!

  • Patricia says:

    I always thought that John Cage’s 5th Piano Sonata was composed by his cat.;-)

  • Corinne S says:

    To me, kitty seems to be wanting the piano playing “noise” to stop. Laying across the keyboard!

  • Edgar Self says:

    Every cool cat knows and can play Zes Confrey’s once popular piano piece “Kitten on the Keys”.

    Like Brettermeier I’ve had problems with this site, likely due to ineptitude The submit and sending function is slow. making me doubt if it’s working. Then there”s the moderation” delay. thinking one post was lost, I re-sent it from memory with some changes Of course then they both versions appeared, making me look even more of an idiot.