On any given day, in towns both large and small, choruses across the country present hundreds of beautiful concerts.
Youth choirs can produce some of the most beautiful music, their voices are so pure and angelic that they’re able to tug at your heartstrings like nothing else.
This particular performance though, by French boys choir ”Les Petits Chanteurs a la Croix de Bois”, had the crowd laughing.
In case you’ve never seen this song performed during the holidays, you’re in for a treat.
The piece that the two boys in front prepare to sing is a piece written in 1825. This song may have been written in Italian, but anyone around the world will understand the lyrics. That’s because there’s only one word: “Miau,” or, “Meow.”
Believe it or not, it’s a classic composed by Giovacchino Antonio Rossini (1792 – 1868) called, “Duetto Buffo Di Due Gatti,” (the Duet of Funny Cats).
Rossini was serious when he composed it’; it’s not intended as a joke, but rather a song with one universal lyric (or word) that any singer of any nationality could sing.
However, it is quite difficult to not laugh when hearing the universal language of cats – no matter who is singing it.
When the blonde boy, Hyacinthe de Moulins, opens his mouth, it’s simultaneously beautiful and oh-so-funny.
The composition is captivating, but the similarity between this boy’s voice and the way cats really do sound is excellently comparable. It’s kind of insane, but it works so well!
When the second boy, Régis Mengus, starts his part, the audience just erupts with laughter, and you can see a little smile appear on his face as well.
Both of these boys are so incredibly talented, but I can’t believe the self-control Hyacinthe has.
He takes his craft very seriously, as he doesn’t even crack a smile! I can’t believe it, because here I am laughing out loud at this amazing performance.
This may have been filmed a few decades ago, but it certainly withstands the test of time. Their voices, their breath control! Amazing and amusing…
Hyacinthe de Moulins and Régis Mengus are now adults, Régis has gone on to become an accomplished opera singer.
But their performance as boys still appears to be the most popular online. I’ve listened to this a few times before and it still makes me laugh! My cat was looking all over the house for these kittens!??
This is a great example of how even classical musicians can have an awesome sense of humor.
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