the origins of most music


It is notoriously easy to impress girls with cannon fire.


Mrs Bugg sits on a gilded chair, her arms raised in what is undoubtedly happiness at this singular work being performed for her. On the stage, Mr Bugg is in the full tailcoat of a conductor, waving his baton at an orchestra consisting of an oboist, a violin player, two piccolo players, someone rocking a double bass, and one bugg playing a gigantic tuba. A variety of notes float above their heads, indicating that music is being perpetrated. No doubt the artillery are outside the frame of the picture.

The text reads: “Bugust 20, 1882: Pyotr TchBuggsky’s 1812 Buggetur debuts is Bugscow … he was trying to impress a girl.”