n. something written for another person
n. the art of “make-believe”
n. a master of his business
n. something capable of exciting smiles or laughter
Leroy Anderson’s 1950 composition “The Typewriter” uses a manual typewriter as an instrument.
To keep the keys from jamming, the machine is modified so that only two keys work. All the same, Anderson found that percussionists perform it more reliably than typists do.
“We have two drummers,” Anderson said in a 1970 interview. “A lot of people think we use stenographers, but they can’t do it because they can’t make their fingers move fast enough. So we have drummers because they can get wrist action.”
Jerry Lewis famously adopted the piece for his 1963 film Who’s Minding the Store?, below.