This week’s musical story is called The Cat and the Mouse written by American composer, Aaron Copeland.  In this very descriptive musical tale we can hear the mouse being chased by the cat, running here and there frantically trying to escape.  Then in the quieter portion of the piece we hear the cat biding its time, seeming to doze off and then. . .the final pounce!  What isn’t clear is whether or not the mouse escapes or is caught by the cat.  Are those funeral bells at the end, or does the mouse get the better of the cat as so often happens in the Tom and Jerry episodes?  How do you think the story ends?

Aaron Copeland lived from 1900 – 1990 and is best known for his orchestral pieces such as Appalachian Spring, Fanfare for the Common Man, and Billy the Kid.