A cat piano designed in the 17th century makes “music” by poking trapped cats in the rear.Ã‚Â And why would one create such a device (aside from the desire to be cruel to cats, of course)?
In order to raise the spirits of an Italian prince burdened by the cares of his position, a musician created for him a cat piano. The musician selected cats whose natural voices were at different pitches and arranged them in cages side by side, so that when a key on the piano was depressed, a mechanism drove a sharp spike into the appropriate catÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tail. The result was a melody of meows that became more vigorous as the cats became more desperate. Who could not help but laugh at such music? Thus was the prince raised from his melancholy.
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