Lang Lang’s inspiration – the Cat Concerto

December 2, 2012

in Child prodigies, Musical prodigies, Videos

I was just reading about pianist Lang Lang’s early childhood, and apparently at the age of two, Lang watched the Tom and Jerry episode The Cat Concerto which features the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt. According to him, this motivated him to learn piano (surely it didn’t hurt that his father was a professional musician who enrolled him for piano lessons aged 3!). But I had a look at the Tom & Jerry clip on youtube and thought it was lovely and funny – not exactly appropriate for a 2 year old perhaps, but maybe entertaining for a 4 or 5 year old. What do you think? Have a look:

Tom & Jerry – The Cat Concerto (1947)

(this video keeps getting blocked, if you have trouble viewing it here, just search for The Cat Concerto on youtube to view it).

My favourite version of the Hungarian Rhapsody, by the way, is this beautiful orchestra version which you can find on youtube along with the story of Liszt’s life:

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