The History of Music

By Ben Jungels

Music – a universal yet unique human experience, an expression of emotion through harmony, a response of the human mind to a pattern. The components of music can come in many shapes and forms, be it physical instruments, the human voice, or, in more modern times, completely digital. The oldest known instruments, flutes carved from animal bone and drums made from stone or wood, date back as far as 40,000 years. This suggests that music developed alongside primitive man. As man began to use metal, new instruments were formed. In ancient Greece, trumpets and lyres would have played an integral role in ceremonies and storytelling, respectively. Music would grow to dominate the world in the medieval period, being used in churches and taverns alike. With the Renaissance came new ways of creative and diverse thinking, which quickly dug into the culture of music at the time. New forms of music, such as the Sonata, began to emerge and in a way standardized some composition. The Baroque period would follow, giving way to some of the most famous composers, such as Bach. This was followed closely by the classical period with Mozart. The romantic period would follow with Beethoven and lead into the modern era with a diverse landscape of all distinct kinds of music where anyone can find something they like.

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