1. What were these parties often called? (Hint: it involves a famous composer.) If you figure this out, you'll know who our famous composer was.
2. What kind of people would attend these shindigs? Can you find a mention (or two) of anyone famous attending?
3. The famous composer of Question 1 was interested in the development of a new kind of musical instrument, even writing a major sonata to promote its adoption by the musical public. What was the name of that instrument?
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