Friday, 27 April 2012

X is for Xylophone

This is a random post because nothing stats with the letter X. Like actually. But not being one to bow down to defeat, I'll give it a shot. 

All I can think to do is post some fun facts about xylophones that you may not have previously known. 

- The oldest known xylophone dates as far back as 2000 B.C Pictures of xylophone-type instruments have been seen in various temple carvings.
- The xylophone was most popular from 1910 to 1940 when it regularly appeared on stage in vaudeville acts.

- The xylophone is a member of the percussion family. 
- The word "Xylophone" comes from the Greek words ξύλον — xylon, "wood" + φωνή —phonē, "sound, voice", meaning "wooden sound".
- The Xylophone was first used in Dance Macabre in 1874 by a french composer named Camille Saint-Saens.

- Xylophones and Marimbas are actually 2 different instruments.

Just as a disclaimer, all these facts have been gotten off the internet. I am not a huge advocate of the xylophone as it may appear. I'm just a blogger desperate to finish a post. 

1 comment:

  1. And this is how I ended up with 'Xanadu' for my post...

    Nice facts!

    Just stopping by from the a-z!