Fun Facts

  • Before composing Beethoven often dipped his head in cold water.
  • At only four lines long, the Japanese national anthem is the shortest national anthem. The longest is the Greek national anthem at 158 verses long.
  • The song “Happy Birthday To You” is not a public-domain composition. The publishing rights are owned by a subsidiary of Warner Communications, and a performance fee must be paid every time it is used for commercial purposes.
  • Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.
  • The last note of a keyboard is C.
  • A grand piano can be played faster than an upright piano.
  • Global sales of pre-recorded music total more than $40 billion.
  • The CD was developed by Philips and Sony in 1980.