In 1877, a 16-year-old English girl euphoniously named Euphonia Allen wrote “Chopsticks” and published it under the name Arthur de Lulli.
Despite Euphonia’s promising beginning, it was the only song she ever wrote.
The name had nothing to do with Asian eating utensils, she explained.
The original sheet music instructions told the pianist to “play with both hands turned sideways, the little fingers lowest, so that the movement of the hands imitates the chopping from which this waltz gets its name.”
Piano owners everywhere are no doubt grateful for Miss Allen’s effort.