Duetto buffo di due gatti

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The Duetto buffo di due gatti ("humorous duet for two cats") is a popular performance piece for two sopranos which is often performed as a concert encore. The "lyrics" consist entirely of the repeated word "miau" ("meow"). Sometimes it is also performed by a soprano and a tenor, or a soprano and a bass.

While the piece is typically attributed to Gioachino Rossini, it was not actually written by him, but is instead a compilation written in 1825 that draws principally on his 1816 opera, Otello. Hubert Hunt, in his biography of Robert Lucas de Pearsall, Robert Lucas Pearsall: the Compleat Gentleman and His Music, 1795-1856 (Chesham Bois,1977), putatively claims that the compiler was Pearsall, who for this purpose adopted the pseudonym "G. Berthold".[1]


In order of appearance, the video consists of:

  • the "Katte-Cavatine" by the Danish composer C.E.F. Weyse[2]
  • part of the duet for Otello and Iago in Act 2 of Otello
  • part of the cabaletta to the aria "Ah, come mai non senti", sung by Rodrigo in the same act


Some albums including this piece are:

The Best of Rossini, EMI Classics, MESPLE/BERBIE/REISS, released 1992.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris. All Music Guide to Classical Music, 2005, p. 1126. ISBN 978-0879308650
  2. ^ Richard Osborne: Rossini. London: Dent (1986), p.179