Itty Bitty Piano Ditties

Bench Sculpture of Glenn Gould in Toronto, Ontario
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Musical anecdotes, full of lore, myth, and superstition. Some are true, others apocryphal. Memorable and concise. Like short, simple songs.
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Cover of the sheet music for ' The Celebrated Chop Waltz' by Arthur De Lulli.

The piano piece “Chopsticks” was originally named The Celebrated Chop Waltz, presumably written by Euphemia Allen in 1877—who was thought to have been 16 at the time—and published under the pseudonym Arthur de Lulli.

Euphonicon, an upright harp piano, invented by Dr. John Steward in 1841.

The Euphonicon (from Greek, meaning ’sweet-toned’) is more piano than harp as the strings are struck by hammers in lieu of being plucked.

Piano with Jankó keyboard, in the Musical Instrument Museum, Berlin.

Named after its inventor, Hungarian Paul von Jankó (1856 – 1919), a mathematician, musician and engineer, designed this piano to improve the geometry and fingering of the keys with the intended goal for amateurs to be able tackle difficult pieces.

Chico Marx playing the piano, photographed by Allison-Lighthall, c. 1956.

Born in 1887, the 2nd child of Samuel & Minnie Marx and revered as the eldest of the Marx brothers (the first-born son, Manfred passed away during infancy from tuberculosis), Chico Marx was originally named Leonard and his mother’s favorite child.

Diptych of composer George Antheil and actress Hedy Lamarr.

The famous Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr (1914 – 2000), known for her extraordinary beauty, and American avant-garde composer George Antheil, were awarded U.S. Patent # 2292387 A in 1942, for a “Secret Communication System.”

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