A Concert for Dogs

Friday, May 14, 2010 - 11:25 AM

Dogs enjoy many of the things that we enjoy: table food, water, beer and surprises. But what about music? Some seem to, but perhaps their pleasure is derived from the enjoyment they sense from their owners as they listen. 

According to an article in Australia's Daily Telegraph, some folks in Sydney have put together a concert just for dogs at the Sydney Opera House. However, it appears a few more composers and compositions are needed. They already have Woofgang Amadeus and Sebastian Bark. I'm adding composer Emily Howell to the list and I think a Treemonisha would be of use as well. What will you add to the mix?

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Comments [17]

Anne from new york

Why have cats been left out of this topic? My cats do like music, especially high female voices, as in R. Strauss arias, duets, or trios, for example.

Jun. 07 2010 04:22 PM
June LeBell from June in Sarasota, FL

As the happy parents of 14 pounds of dogs (one poodle and one maltese), I can tell you that they care considerably more about food than they do Faure.

Jun. 05 2010 10:52 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

Dogs are much too good and we humans do not deserve them. We deserve cats who are selfish but who reward us with their beauty and grace. I must say however that my cat would love it when I would sing to her. Yes, I am one of those cat people.

Jun. 02 2010 02:16 PM
Joan Cleveland

I play a fair amount of chamber music at home so my dogs quite good conert manners. As howling is not allowed, if they don't like something they are free to leave. I had two Norfolk terrier (mother and daughter) who hated Bartok and walked out of the room whenever it was played.

May. 29 2010 06:59 PM
Marie A. Achille

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May. 21 2010 08:29 PM
Wayne from Chicago western suburbs

A Poochini aria will guarantee a howling success! Also, "Amazing Grace" played by bagpipe guarantees lots of audience involvement.

May. 20 2010 09:55 AM
John Christiano from Franklin NJ

My beagle has absolutely no interest in music. I think it's because he has such great difficulty at the keyboard (very small fingers)....and those nails!

However, he does seem to pick up his ears when I'm going through my vocal excersizes. Hmmm, that may not be a good thing.

All "arf"..ertures were written for dogs.

May. 19 2010 07:54 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Let us not forget Hugo WOLF, composer of some of the most beautiful lieder and WOLF-Ferrari, composer of the opera "Jewels of the Madonna" Carl ORFF, composer of "Carmina Burana" and Stephen Foster's "OId DOG tray."

May. 18 2010 11:39 AM
larry from Jersey

Love the variety of programs you treat us to each evening. Always interesting, always precious.

Also I can't tell you how much I appreciate how well WNYC handled the transition with WQXR over the last few months.

(A lot of folks appreciated it, as you can see with the fund drive !)

Truly heroic, and truly a blessing, this station is such a pleasure, such a Rennaisance for the medium.


May. 17 2010 08:04 PM

Anette Hassell from North Bergen might be familiar with the music compsed by Carl Arf.

May. 17 2010 04:07 PM

Music for dogs composed by: Scottie Joplin, Peter Ilyich Chowkovsky and Woffgang Amedeus Mozart.

May. 17 2010 03:50 PM
Annette Hassell from North Bergen

Peter Shickele performed, "Wachtet Arf" at his PDQ concerts.

May. 17 2010 02:23 PM
Someone who loves Classical Music from New Jersey

Hmm, Ruff-maninhoff?

May. 16 2010 05:57 PM
rachel from brooklyn

just heard this mentioned when my alarm went off. first thought upon waking: obviously - fur elise!!

May. 16 2010 09:54 AM
George Jochnowitz from New York

What about cats? My late cat loved Brahms, especially the Intermezzo in A, Op. 118 #2.
As for composers, there's Cat-chaturian.

May. 14 2010 06:17 PM

Gershwin sure got it right with 'Walking the Dog'. But what about Poochini? 'La Bow - M', perhaps?


May. 14 2010 12:37 PM

Yeah and Mozart's K.9

May. 14 2010 12:32 PM

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