Origins of Music

Music has a long and complex history. It may predate language (and certainly predates the written word) and is found in every known culture, past and present, varying wildly between times and places. "Music history" is the distinct subfield of musicology and history which studies the history of music theory. he development of music among humans occurred against the backdrop of natural sounds. It was, in all probability, influenced by birdsong and the sounds other animals use to communicate. !ome evolutionary biologists have theori"ed that the ability to recogni"e sounds not created by humans as "musical" provides a selective advantage. #rehistoric music, once more commonly called primitive music, is the name given to all music produced in preliterate cultures (prehistory), beginning somewhere in very late geological history. raditional $ative %merican and %ustralian %boriginal music could be called prehistoric, but the term is commonly used to refer to the music in &urope before the development of writing there. It is more common to call the "prehistoric" music of non'&uropean continents especially that which still survives folk, indigenous, or traditional music. he prehistoric era is considered to have ended with the development of writing, and with it, by definition, prehistoric music. "%ncient music" is the name given to the music that followed. %ncient music was long thought to be all monophonic, but recent archaeological evidence indicates that this view is no longer true. he "oldest known song" in cuneiform, (,))) years old from *r, deciphered by #rof. %nne +raffkorn ,ilmer (*niversity of -alif. at .erkeley), was demonstrated to be composed in harmonies of thirds, like ancient &nglish gymel, and also was written using the diatonic scale. $either harmony nor the diatonic scale can still be considered developments belonging only to "/estern" music. 0ne pipe in the aulos pairs (double flutes) likely served as a drone or "keynote," while the other played melodic passages. In addition, double pipes, such as used by the ancient 1reeks, and ancient bagpipes, as well as a review of ancient drawings on vases and walls, etc., and ancient writings (such as in %ristotle, #roblems, .ook 2I2.34) which described musical techni5ues of the time, all indicate harmony existed. In ancient 1reece, mixed'gender choruses performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons. Instruments included the double'reed aulos and the plucked string instrument, the lyre, especially the special kind called a kithara. Music was an important part of education in ancient 1reece, and boys were taught music starting at age six. 1reek musical literacy created a flowering of development6 1reek music theory included the 1reek musical modes, eventually became the basis for /estern religious music and classical music. he term &arly music era may also refer to contemporary but traditional or folk music, including %sian music, 7ewish music, 1reek music, 8oman music, the music of Mesopotamia, the music of &gypt, and Muslim music.


e never lost his ability to play music and thus he used this ability to influence people to create all sorts of evil concoctions. :ucifer was the one whom 1od appointed to play music. .. .e later lost his position as -hief Musician and was hurled down to earth where he is now known as !atan or the +evil.. . 9or those who are spiritual would agree that music has its genesis in the heavenly.!ome people believe that birds were the first source of music. .