Now batons, then walking sticks.
Lully got the point.
Some of you may already be groaning; the rest of you will soon.
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) was a composer, musician and dancer of great renown in the French court of Louis XIV. He wrote a number of operas, some in collaboration with Molière, ballet music, instrumental pieces, and religious music.
Before batons, conductors used to direct the orchestra with a long staff, like a walking stick. While conducting his Te Deum, Lully struck his foot with his staff. The wound became infected, but, being a dancer, Lully refused to have his leg amputated. He died of gangrene poisoning.