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Anyone ever learn a piano piece in honour of a special non-human? If so what piece did you choose?

I'm currently learning 2 pieces with two special hawks in mind, one who recently passed away. The pieces are Beethoven's Sonata op 101 1st movement, and the Largo of Chopin's Op 58. The Beethoven is tender and beautiful and the Chopin makes me think of a hawk soaring through the skies. heart

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I learned Chopin's Nocturne in C sharp minor posthumous two years ago when I lost my cat to cancer.
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I was inspired to write The Capistrano Suite by the swallows that return to San Juan Capistrano, CA each year. So not a specific animal or pet, but the species in general, and their long migration.

http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-capistrano-suite.html

There are three short sections: Leaving Capistrano, Light as a Feather and Clear Blue Sky.

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I just sing to my dogs badly.


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I just sing to my dogs badly.


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I try to honour my piano - every time I play a piece.

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My bird is my official piano coach. He sings and dances along with what I'm playing and squawks at me if I play something that sounds discordant. And if I stop playing before he thinks it has been long enough (about 20 minutes or more) he complains that he's not done yet.

Some days if I play a lot the little guy is just worn right out by evening, sitting slumped on his perch and not interested in anything other than sleeping.


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My current dogs don't pay a lot of attention, but one of the previous dogs "sang" when I played the keyboard. He was a bit of a distraction, but he meant so well that you had to take him on board. The current cat shows up to chase the reflection off my watch; there I am, concentrating as if my life depends on it, and the cat is leaping up and down next to me trying to catch "the spot". So almost every piece I learn has something of her in it.


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Great posts everyone!

zillybug the C sharp minor nocturne is beautiful. What a wonderful tribute to your kitty.

Sand Tiger thank you for sharing your Suite! I really enjoyed it. I also looked up the Capistrano swallows..wow! It always amazes me that such small creatures can undertake a thousands of miles migration every year!

Whizbang I bet your dogs love to hear you sing. smile Do they sing back? I seem to remember a YouTube video of a dog playing the piano *and* singing.

Prout you treat your piano well. I can't say I try to honour mine each time I play but I thank it sometimes if it's been an especially good practice session. Or if I've said something derogatory to it in frustration I try to apologize.

Frank you are lucky to have such a close feathered friend and coach! I like that he encourages you to keep practicing if he isn't finished with his song and dance! Too funny!

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My cat loves music and even loves to hear me sing....... SO, when I got him I wrote new lyrics to 'Do, a Deer, a Female Deer', from the Sound of Music to fit his name (OK, don't groan) but he comes running when I sing it for him.

His favorite music, however, is the piano; when it is 'good enough' for his attention, he will sit next to me on his piano stool, close his eyes and move his lips. My dog could care less about any of it. (She has better taste!)


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There's not a specific piano piece, but the piano itself came just because of a pet.

In 2012 one of our cats fell from the balcony and died (don't believe it when they say that cats don't hurt themselves in a fall! We subsequently wrapped the entire balcony in a 6ft high wire fence). It was my partner's favourite cat and it was an awful experience. I don't know why, but this fact prompted her to go out and buy something she had often dreamt about, a digital piano. Something new to distract the mind. Later that year I lost my favourite cat to kidney disease. My partner lost interest for the piano very quickly, but I didn't. We have other cats now, two 3-year-old kitties. Mine loves to sit on the top of my upright. Hers usually goes in another room when I practice laugh

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My dog adores the sound of the piano (even when I play) and as soon as he hears it, he hurries from where ever he id and lies underneath. After a few minutes, he is always asleep and usually snoring.

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Thanks Medved1, dogperson, sinophilia, and nancyde for your posts! Sinophilia sorry to hear about the loss of your cats. heart

Here is the singing dog I was thinking about. Did your dog sound anything like this Medved? :

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PiblYasnzWE

Also, here is a human composed catcerto to go with an original piano composition by Nora the cat:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zeoT66v4EHg

Here is Paul Barton playing Traumerei for his Iguana:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OO_YHLeHLv8

And here is Paul again, playing for many of his elephant friends at an elephant sanctuary!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0qQ2FhDwzVM

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Did your dog sound anything like this Medved? :



Mine was a little less energetic! But equal amounts of heart-rending soul!


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My late cat (whose nickname was Stubbie) used to sit by the piano and meow mournfully when I played. It was quite distracting, so I would get up from the piano and carry her into the living room and place her in my chair (okay, her chair) and get her settled down for a nap. Then I'd quietly head back to the piano. Stubbie would usually beat me back to the piano (she took the other route through the house to the piano) and then we'd start the whole thing over again. cool

I often wonder what it was the cat didn't like. Was it my playing (reasonable enough smile ), that my attention was not 100% on her (not unlikely), some sound the digital made that didn't agree with her ears? Would she have had the same response to acoustic piano I play now? I still miss that cat and I often think of her when I sit down to play. I like to think that she'd think that I'd improved from that first year.


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My wife, a professional classical singer, used to get bitten by our now deceased cat when she practiced. Once she was lying on the floor while I was running a test disc with a frequency sweep. When the sweep got to about C5 the cat ran and bit my wife in the throat!

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Originally Posted by prout
My wife, a professional classical singer, used to get bitten by our now deceased cat when she practiced. Once she was lying on the floor while I was running a test disc with a frequency sweep. When the sweep got to about C5 the cat ran and bit my wife in the throat!

OWWW!


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My dog is fine when my girls play, but, once I resumed lessons and started practicing regularly about two years ago, she's less thrilled. She sometimes pushes my hand asking me to let her out to the backyard. I'm trying not take it personally smile She particularly seems to dislike Bach.

Speaking of dogs and Bach, my teacher told me about this video of Glenn Gould practicing the allegro section of the first part of Partita II (something I tackled but not even remotely that fast, of course, and it was still challenging):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9nrq8v-mVo

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Do the keys on Gould's piano look uneven, or what??


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My dog loves to lay down under the piano when anybody is playing. She sometimes comes along and helps me with the pedals.

Yesterday I had a bird in the music room. I don't know if you can pick it out on the picture. It is on the curtain pole above the piano.

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