Until the late 18th century, orchestra musicians always played at the same volume – there was no piano, forte, crescendo, etc.
Until the late 18th century, symphony conductors would play the violin or clavier (piano) while simultaneously leading the orchestra.
History of the piano – Its immediate predecessor was called a clavichord. The volume of a clavichord, like a harpsichord, cannot be controlled, the loudness of each note is the same. However, the pitch of the notes of a clavichord change depending on whether the player presses the keys hard or light. Hit a key hard and the pitch goes up! The forte-piano was a considerable improvement, because the volume was adjustable depending on how hard the player hits the keys. Later the name evolved to pianoforte, which in Italian means “soft-loud,” and finally piano.
When Beethoven was ready to write music, he would start by pouring ice cold water over his head to excite his brain.
The world’s most outrageous musical instrument was made in France during 1450. A long row of spikes was connected to a keyboard. Under each spike was a pig, arranged according to the pitch of its oink.
The most valuable solid gold item is the inner coffin (of three) in which King Tut was put to rest. It weighs more than a small pickup truck (2,447 pounds or 1,109 kg) and is worth over 14 million US dollars.
There used to be an English coin shaped like a four-leaf clover. A person could break off one of the corners and use it as one-quarter the value of the whole coin.
Why was it illegal to buy more than three pairs of shoes during the 1940’s? Leather was needed for the war effort. Most shoes at that time were made almost entirely from leather, yet today many are made from cloth, plastic and synthetic rubber.