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Composer Turns Pet Portraits into Paw-fect Classical Pieces

Noam Oxman, a.k.a. "sympawnies"
Photo of dog Julia (left), Screenshot of Noam Oxman's composition "Adogio for Piano no.1 in G major - a musical score, composed to match the shape of Julia, the kind, gentle, majestic dog" (right)

Your new favorite music: Fido's face. Also in this roundup: living room concerts, upright basses, and organs, oh my!

1. Franz Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" String Quartet is stunningly dramatic as-is — but what if it was played on 4 basses? The Bassinova Quartet wondered the same thing:

2. Hey, while we're talking about pieces played on instruments they aren't written for... how about this organ arrangement of Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries"?

3. “If you can fit 25 people in your house — and you’d be surprised how many people can fit 25 people in their house — then we’d love to play a concert in your house,” Sheffield Chamber Players' executive director Christina English told The Boston Globe. Seeking an atmosphere something like a 19th-century salon, the orchestra is looking for living rooms to host world premiere performances.

4. 107-year-old pianist Colette Maze has been playing piano for over a century. Watch her play Claude Debussy's "Ondine," and learn more about her extraordinary life.

5. The sounds your pet makes might be music to your ears — but composer Noam Oxman ("Sympawnies" on YouTube) is turning pet portraits into actual music. Here, for example, is the "Allegro moderabbit for solo trumpet":

Here's a look at another of Oxman's compositions:

Kendall Todd is the Content Manager for GBH Music.