There are many interesting things I've learned this semester, and I'm gonna list down some of the more interesting ones here:
I. PDQ Bach - PDQ actually stands for "Pretty Damn Quick".
II. The alto clef was actually used by altos (and by that not the elegant French version of viola, but, you know, the ones who hate sopranos but are glad all the same that they aren't the victims of soprano jokes... and blonde jokes... which are basically the same anyway...). The original scores of Bach cantatas had sopranos with the soprano clef, and the altos with the alto clef, but I suppose enventually the altos accidentally got, you know, an education, and the clef was a little unapplicable:
(That being said, true education is really about asking questions. But true violists just like to leave it at that. Answers can be troublesome little things. Like, you know, violinists.) Source of graphic: This site, and many years of experience. (Especially the experience of annoying the violinists).
Who wouldn't just dig being a violist? Not only do you get to 1. insult yourself, but 2. include sopranos in your buat lawak bodoh and 3. get away with it (see 1).
III. What's in a Name? The word "violin" did not actually come from the word "violent" (I know, I'm as surprised as you!) but rather the "in" actually acts as a prefix to "viola", meaning, "little viola". Also, the armonica is the first American-made musical instrument (by Benjamin Franklin, I think), and Aaron Copland had three heart attacks.