History of Music

Music was a part of life since prehistoric times, at that time music was influenced by sounds of nature like animals, thunder and rain. Native American and Australian aboriginal music considered to be forms of music from the prehistoric era. Different forms of music evolved over time.

Middle Ages - Music in this era started as a form of Christian worship predominantly with the Gregorian chant. The composers of this music were associated in some form with the church. Music at this time had no system of notation; most of the music was preserved by the church.

Renaissance Music – This music developed during the renaissance era, it was an expressive style of music. This music was free from church influence and was responsible for the emergence of the polyphonic styles of music. Renaissance music was supported by the government.

Baroque Age - Sebastian Bach was a musician from the Baroque age. This style of music uses magnified styles of music and lots of detail to produce drama and tension. Opera began with the baroque age and composers believed in producing music which would move listeners.
Classical Music - Classical music was based on clear styles free from any kind of details and grandeur as compared to the baroque style, the idea was to maintain clarity and simplicity.

Romantic Music - This music was emotional and expressive and often told stories of love, chivalry and heroism. This music was for the people and represented situations and ideas.

Folk Music - It was known for its simplicity and often performed by entire communities and not just individuals. 20th Century Music Popular music also known as pop music is music other than classical music and was distributed over the media; this was the start of sound recording. Music like Jazz, country and rock developed during this time. Music at this time was free from any influence of art.

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