The history of music that you should know
Music has undergone many changes over its long lifespan. From ancient times, through medieval times, to modern days, music has evolved into a global phenomenon. Many famous musicians have risen to fame over the years, changing the way humans perceive music and the way it is played out. Let’s see below the history of music.
The Evolution of Musical Instruments
The first instruments used for musical purposes were made from natural materials such as wood, bone, stone, shell or horns. These instruments were simple in design and had only one string. Over time, innovations occurred which led to the creation of new types of instruments. For example, the flute was invented by an Egyptian named Moeris in 1885 BC. This instrument consisted of two reed pipes that were attached at right angles to each other. The player blows air across the top pipe while simultaneously covering the bottom pipe with his lips. This action creates sound waves that are transmitted through both pipes and create a melody.
During ancient times, there were no instruments at all. People sang their songs or recited poems instead. Even today when we speak about ancient times, people mostly refer to these poems rather than any specific event or period. One of the most popular forms of poetry was the ballad. Ballads were very emotional, sad or happy depending on the theme that was being conveyed. Poetry became more complex during this era. It included topics like love, war, politics, philosophy and religion.
In the 13th century, the lute entered the scene. This instrument was strummed by using the fingers and without plucking. Before this invention, strings were struck so hard that they broke. The guitar was created next. It was strummed using finger picks and required skill to play. At this point, the piano also existed but wasn’t very common.
In the 15th century, the harpsichord arrived. It was invented in 1457 and requires the use of both hands. A concert grand piano would be similar in appearance, although much smaller. During classical times, composers could express emotions and feelings through different music. But, due to limited technology, those emotions couldn’t always be heard.
In conclusion, the history of music has been developing since ancient times. Innovations in technology and overall improvement of human knowledge have allowed us to make our lives easier and safer. However, because of this, I believe that in the future, music will become even better than it is now.