Last Updated on January 7, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
All primitive people seem to have made the music of some sort. But the sounds they made were very different from those of modern music. This music often consisted of long and loud exclamations, sighs, moans, and shouts. Dancing, clapping, and drumming went along with the singing. Folk music has existed for centuries, passed from generation to generation by being heard, not by writing down.
Composed music is many centuries old. Ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, Assyrian, and Hebrew all had music. Most of it was unlike ours. The Greeks made complicated music by putting tones together similar to present-day scales. For notation, they used the letters of the alphabet written above the syllables of the words.
After the Greeks and Romans (who copied Greek music), the early Christian Church was important in the growth of the art of music. Saint Ambrose and Saint Gregory began a style of music known as “plain song”.
This was a type of chant sung in unison. Tones followed one another in a way similar to the method developed by the Greeks. Churchmen also learned to write music down. The modern method of writing music de- veloped from their system.
In 1600, the first opera, £urydice, was produced by Jacopo Pert. Later on, men like Monteverdi wrote not only o ras but music for instruments, such as the violin. Music began to be written for court dances, pageants, and miracle plays. And in time much of the great music we enjoy today was composed by such men as Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Who is the father of music in the world?
Bach is the father of music in the world, born on March 21, 1685.