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     Waltzing Cat, The

    (Leroy Anderson)


    This song was finalised in February 1950 and was premiered by Leroy Anderson when he recorded it for Decca in 1951.  The composer wrote the piece wanting to put to music what he was imagining when he thought of “something like Puss in Boots at a fancy dress ball”.  The strings in the orchestra emanate the sounds of a cat’s meow as you imagine a “cat like a stately cavalier” gracefully dancing to a waltz-like melody. The piece had words added to it in 1951 by the lyricist Mitchell Parish.


    Leroy Anderson and his Orchestra recordings

    MCA 9815


    Eastman Rochester Pops recordings

    Mercury 432 013-2

    Conductor - Frederick Fennell


    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra recordings

    RCA 09026 68048 – 2

    Conductor – Leonard Slatkin



    1. http://www.pbs.org/sleighride/Video&Music/Compositions_WaltzingCat.htm
    2. http://www.spaceagepop.com/anderson.htm
    3. http://www.leroyanderson.com/html/hearthemusic.htm




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