Expert Knowledge Trivia Quiz

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2. Voice from beyond

Starting in the late 1880s, European representatives of Thomas Edison recorded the voices of famous people to publicize the newly-invented phonograph. Not long after, one of the people recorded on Edison’s machine became the first person ever whose voice was heard after his death. He was:

A) Johannes Brahms, composer
B) Robert Browning, poet
C) Sir Arthur Sullivan, composer
D) Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet

Your answer — C) Sir Arthur Sullivan, composer — was incorrect.

Browning’s recording was played back in 1890, at a gathering in Venice on the anniverary of his death. Brahms, Sullivan and Tennyson all did make recordings for Edison, along with such other notables as nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale and British prime minister William Gladstone.

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