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  1. Jean-Baptise Lully (1632-1687) was the first documented conductor. Before him, most musical groups followed their first violinist or their keyboard player. Lully was the first musician ever to use a baton. However, his “baton” was a heavy staff six feet long, which he pounded on the ground in time to the music. Unfortunately, this staff proved to be his undoing.

    • Yes. He missed the floor and crushed his toe. That gave him a fatal case of gangrene. Aren’t you glad we don’t have to listen to all that pounding when we go to a concert or the opera? Thanks for commenting.

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