Time line of music

Music is one thing that is common to the whole world. Music is appreciated by all equally. It knows no barriers or borders and at times bridges gaps between two nations. Music is an art that dates back to the times of cave man or prehistoric man. It has mesmerized even the earliest known intelligent man and animals which can be seen from various scriptures and archaeological findings.

Music during the prehistoric times or the Palaeolithic era can be understood only through the archaeological findings at various places across the globe. One instrument that is very often discovered at these sites is the flute. Prehistoric flute was made up of animal bones by making holes in it. One such flute, named  the Divje Babe Flute, is supposed to more than 40,000 years old. It was carved out from the femur of a bear. India is the country which has the oldest musical tradition which dates back to more than 7000 years. The major influence on the development of music has been of the western culture whose roots start in ancient Greece. In ancient Greece, music was a major part of social and the cultural life of the people. Music was taught to boys starting at a tender age of six. Greek theatre saw a prominent role of musicians and singers. With the advent of Romans and Byzantine empire, Greek music eventually went through a transformation. Then at much later years with the Roman Catholic Church coming into power in the Middle Ages, the whole structure of music changed and developed with music becoming more of a form of art. This period saw advances in musical notations. Then came the Renaissance from the 15th century to the 17th century. Every art form flourished during this period in Europe including the art of Music. The printing press proved to be a blessing in disguise for composers and musicians who could now document their compositions. This also help in spreading music through a larger area and it once again started playing an important role in the daily life of the people. But later the musical activity shifted to the courts of various kings and princes. After the renaissance came the era of Baroque music from 17th century to the middle of 18th century in which the first operas were written alongside the first contrapuntal music.

The classical era from the 1750 to 1800 A.D. was the time of Mozart. Instrumental music gained a lot of importance during this period. This was followed by the era of Romantic Music from 1810 to 1900 A.D. The rigid styles of classical times were bent and more expressive and passionate masterpieces were created. Ludwig van Beethoven played the chief role in introducing these dramatic and expressive styles of music to the common man’s ears. This is the time when the urban lifestyle saw the dramatic expansion of music in the size of an orchestra and concerts.  These became a part of the urban lifestyle in the late 19th century.

One Response to “The time line of music”

  1. The use of instruments in early Christian music seems to have been frowned upon. In the late 4th or early 5th century St. Jerome wrote that a Christian maiden ought not even to know what a lyre or flute is like, or to what use it is put. The introduction of church organ music is traditionally believed to date from the time of the papacy of Pope Vitalian in the 7th century.

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