Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz : Deceptive Cadence Know your bird calls from barnyard bellowing? For Earth Day, test your ear at recognizing the animal sounds songwriters and composers work into their music, from funk classics to classical sonatas.
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Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz

Animals are fun to pet. They also make great guest appearances in music. Roberto A. Sanchez/iStock.com hide caption

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Animals are fun to pet. They also make great guest appearances in music.

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From as far back as we can tell, music makers have been inspired by the flora and especially the fauna around us. From tooting tunes on actual animal horns and bones, to musical portraits of creatures large and small, performers and composers of all stripes have included critters in their creations. In this puzzler, you must identify the creature depicted in the music. Score high and feel like you can "talk to the animals." Score low and you're in the doghouse.