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Music Written for Nora, the Piano-playing Cat


Susan Boyle, eat your heart out.

Nora, the piano-playing cat, has won the YouTube vote. At more than 13,600,000 views, the Bach-loving feline is much, much more of an Internet phenom than the singing star of “Britain’s Got Talent.”

Nora has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Times of London, Public Radio International, CNN, the Daily Show, and Pianist Magazine. She even has her own page on Wikipedia, which traces her celebrity since her first YouTube video was posted in 2007.

The BBC reported today that the ivory-tickling cat has had a piece of chamber music written for her by acclaimed Lithuanian conductor Mindaugas Piecaitis. The four-minute piece for the Klaipeda chamber orchestra had its premiere on Friday, with a video of the six-year-old feline soloist in the background, the Beeb reported.

The piece is titled “Catcerto.” It was written to accompany Nora’s taped solo.

Nora, who started her life in a cat shelter, has a blog and her own Web site, which she shares with her owners, Philadelphia artists Burnell Yow! and Betsy Alexander.

Apparently there are five other felines in the family, but there’s no word on the Web site whether or not the others are also musical.

The family is making the most of Nora’s of fame. DVDs of her playing the piano and the book “Nora the Piano Cat’s Guide to Becoming a Good Musician” are available for purchase. A Nora ring tone, featuring notes she actually played on the piano, may be downloaded from her Web site for free.