Unknown Facts About Classical Music and Musicians

In May of this year the Chicago Tribune published an article about some fun facts about classical music. While they listed off ten facts, the following are five interesting/silly facts about classical music that many people do not know.

The first interesting fact is about the baton. Even though the baton was supposed to be used as a timekeeper, at times it was a deadly weapon. A French composer in the 1600s named Jean-Baptiste Lully hit his foot with his baton. The injury ended up turning quite serious and he got gangrene, and later the disease killed him.

The second silly fact is about that funny looking instrument called the Trombone. Even though a trombone may seem to be a silly name, that is nothing in comparison with the original name for the instrument. The earlier version of the trombone was called a sack-but. Basically any name other than that is an improvement.

When there is a bad note in music that is defective or mishandled it is called a Couac. It is interesting to investigate about how that note got its humble beginning. It actually came from the sound that a duck makes. The name comes from the quack sound of a duck.

The fourth fact is about a British Composer named Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, he was also called Lord Berners. He was an odd composer that would organize meals based on color schemes. He would match things like beet soup with lobster, tomatoes, and strawberries. He would also dye doves and Pigeons so that they would have a matching tone.

The fifth interesting fact is about a composer of classical piano music named Paul Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein lost his right arm while he was serving in the Austrian army during World War I. He was able to perform as a professional pianist in spite of his disability. He would commission left-handed compositions, and he continued to play the piano music until his death.

There are many interesting facts about classical music that many people do not know. To get more information visit the Chicago Tribune at the following website: