In Noam Oxman’s ‘Sympawnies,’ Pet Personalities Come to Life in Distinctive Musical Portraits



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Taking the concept of pet portraits to a new level, artist and composer Noam Oxman expresses distinctive animal personalities in his Sympawnies series. Beginning with a photograph of a beloved pet or favorite animal, ranging from dogs and cats to badgers and snakes, Oxman creates original musical arrangements that also boast an impressive presence on the page.

Playful puns nod to musical terminology, like “divertimento”—a lighthearted 18th-century genre—transformed into “Dogvertimento in C” or “Toc-cat-a in B (Latte),” a play on a type of composition usually written for keyboard or plucked string instruments for a cat named Latte.

Learn more about commissioning your own pet’s portrait on Oxman’s website. At least 20 percent of all proceeds are donated to helping feed and give medical treatment to stray cats. He performs all compositions on his YouTube channel, highlighting pieces as unique as their subjects.

 

“Pawntasy in G”

a gif from a video showing a piano performance of a unique composition where the sheet music looks like the portrait of a cat

“Toc-cat-a in B (Latte)”

a side-by-side image of two sheet music illustrations showing a cat on the left and a dog on the right

Left: “Toc-cat-a in B (Latte).” Right: “Dogvertimento in C”

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