The Conductor's Baton - who used one first?
This image appears in the gallery:
Music's greatest inventions: amazing, mad and brilliant instruments
9. The Conductor's Baton - who used one first?
Now, where would conductors be without their baton? Traditionally, orchestras were led from the lead violin or the keyboard, but at the beginning of the 19th Century things started to change. Composer and conductor Louis Spohr claimed that he was the first person to introduce a conducting baton to England in the 1820, but reports indicate that Daniel Turk conducted the Halle Orchestra with a baton in 1810. However, Turk was apparently so exuberant that he collided with a chandelier above his head.