“If there are twelve named notes within an octave, why are there only seven letters (or do re mi syllables)?
“After centuries of being forced to eat in the servant’s quarters and to use the back entrance of the castle, this may just be an invention by musicians to make nonmusicians feel inadequate.
“The additional notes have compound names, such as Eb (pronounced “E-flat”) and F# (pronounced “F-sharp”).
“There is no reason for the system to be so complicated, but it is what we’re stuck with.”
— Daniel J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain on Music