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History of music

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The history of music covers the historical development and evolution of music from prehistoric times to present day. Though definitions of music vary wildly throughout the world,[1] every known culture partakes in it, and music is thus considered a cultural universal.[2][3] The origins of music remain highly contentious; commentators often relate it to the origin of language, with much disagreement surrounding whether music arose before, after or simultaneously with language. The music of prehistoric cultures is first firmly dated to c. 40,000 BP of the Upper Paleolithic by evidence of bone flutes, though it remains unclear whether or not the actual origins lie in the earlier Middle Paleolithic period (300,000 to 50,000 BP). Ancient music was present in the major Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Indian and Iranian/Persian societies.

A culture's music is influenced by all other aspects of that culture, including social and economic organization and experience, climate, access to technology and what religion is believed. The emotions and ideas that music expresses, the situations in which music is played and listened to, and the attitudes toward musicians and composers all vary between regions and periods. Music history is the distinct subfield of musicology and history which studies music from a chronological perspective.

Origins

"But that music is a language by whose means messages are elaborated, that such messages can be understood by the many but sent out only by the few, and that it alone among all language unites the contradictory character of being at once intelligible and untranslatable—these facts make the creator of music a being like the gods and make music itself the supreme mystery of human knowledge."

Claude Lévi-Strauss, The Raw and the Cooked[4]

It remains debated as to what extent the origin of human cognition—and thus music—will ever be understood, with scholars often taking polarizing positions.[5][n 1] The origin of music is regularly discussed as intrinsically linked with the origin of language,[n 2] with the nature of their connection being a subject of serious debate.[9][n 3] However, before the mid-late 20th century, both topics were seldom given substantial attention by scholars.[11][12][n 4] Since recent resurgence in the topic, the principal source of contention is whether music began as a type of proto-language and a product of adaptation that led to language, if music is a spandrel (a phenotypic byproduct of evolution) that was the result of language or if music and language derived from a common antecedent.[14][15] A well known take on the second is from cognitive psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker; in his How the Mind Works (1997), Pinker famously termed music as merely "auditory cheesecake",[16][17] an analogy relating to his view of music as a spandrel,[18] arguing that "as far as biological cause and effect is concerned, music is useless",[19] and that "it is a technology, not an adaptation".[20] Music psychologist Sandra Trehub notes that, like Pinker, "much of the larger scientific community is highly skeptical about links between music and biology", in opposition to specialists on the subjects.[21] Scholars such as Joseph Carroll and Anna K. Tirovolas have rejected Pinker's take, citing evolutionary advantages including its use as practice for cognitive flexibility and "indicating to potential mates [one's] cognitive and physical flexibility and fitness".[22][n 5]

There is little consensus on any particular theory for the origin of music, which have included contributions from archaeologists, cognitive scientists, ethnomusicologists, evolutionary biologists, linguists, neuroscientists, paleoanthropologists, philosophers and psychologists (developmental and social).[24][n 6] Theories on the topic can be differentiated in two ways: structural models, which see music as an outgrowth of preexisting abilities, and functional models which consider its emergence as an adaptive technique.[15] Taking the latter approach is perhaps the first significant theory on the origins of music:[26] Charles Darwin's 1871 book The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex,[11] where he briefly proposed that music was originally an elaborate form of sexual selection, perhaps arising in mating calls.[27][28] His theory is difficult to affirm, as there is no evidence that either sex is "more musical" thus no evidence of sexual dimorphism; there are currently no other examples of sexual selection that do not include considerable sexual dimorphism.[29][n 7] However, citing music's use in other animals's mating systems, commentators such as Peter J.B. Slater, Katy Payne, Björn Merker, Geoffrey Miller and Peter Todd have promoted developed versions of Darwin's theory.[31] Other theories suggest that music was developed to assist in "coordination, cohesion and cooperation", or as part of parental care, where parents use music to increase communication with—and thus the survivability of—their children.[31] Some commentators propose music arose alongside language, both of which supposably descend from a "shared precursor",[32][33][31] which the composer Richard Wagner termed "speech-music".[14]

Many cultures have their own mythical origins on the creation of music.[34][35] In Chinese mythology, there are various stories,[36] the most prominent being from the Lüshi Chunqiu which says in 2697 BCE, the musician Ling Lun—on the orders of the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi)—invented bamboo flute by imitating the song of the mythical fenghuang birds.[37][38][n 8][n 10] The invention of music in Ancient Greek mythology is credited to the muses,[35] various goddesses who were daughters of the King of the gods, Zeus.[41] Persian/Iranian mythology holds that Jamshid, a legendary Shah, invented music.[42]

Prehistoric music

Top left, the purported Divje Babe Flute from Divje Babe, Slovenia; top right a Aurignacian bone flute from Geissenklösterle, Germany; bottom a replica of another Aurignacian bone flute from Geissenklösterle, Germany.[43]

In the broadest sense, prehistoric music—more commonly termed primitive music in the past[44][45][n 11]—encompasses all music produced in preliterate cultures (prehistory), beginning at least 6 million years ago when humans and chimpanzees last had a common ancestor.[46] Music first arose in the Paleolithic period,[47] though it remains unclear as to whether this was the Middle (300,000 to 50,000 BP) or Upper Paleolithic (50,000 to 12,000 BP).[48] The vast majority of Paleolithic instruments were found in Europe and date to the Upper Paleolithic;[49] however, it is equally possible that singing emerged far before this time, though this is essentially impossible to confirm.[50] The potentially oldest instrument is the Divje Babe Flute from the Divje Babe cave in Slovenia, dated to 43,000 and 82,000 and made from a young cave bear femur.[51] Purportedly used by Neanderthals, the Divje Babe Flute has received extensive scholarly attention, and whether it is truly a musical instrument or an object formed by animals is the subject of intense debate.[52] If the former, it would be the oldest known musical instrument and evidence of a musical culture in the Middle Paleolithic.[53] Other than the Divje Babe Flute and three other doubtful flutes,[n 12] there is virtually no surviving Middle Paleolithic musical evidence of any certainty, similar to the situation in regards to visual art.[47] The earliest objects whose designations as musical instruments are widely accepted are bone flutes from the Swabian Jura, Germany, namely from the Geissenklösterle, Hohle Fels and Vogelherd caves.[54] Dated to the Aurignacian (of the Upper Paleolithic) and used by Early European modern humans, from all three caves there are eight examples, four made from the wing bones of birds and four from mammoth ivory; three of these are near complete.[54] Three flutes from the Geissenklösterle are dated as the oldest, c. 43,150–39,370 BP.[55][n 13]

Considering the relative complexity of flutes, it is likely earlier instruments existed, akin to objects that are common in later hunter and gatherer societies, such as rattles, shakers and drums.[50] The absence of other instruments from and before this time may be due to their use of weaker—and thus more biodegradable—materials,[47] such as reeds, gourds, skins, and bark.[56]

The earliest instruments found in China are 12 gudi bone flutes in the modern-day Jiahu, Wuyang, Henan Province from c. 6000 BCE.[57][58][n 14][n 15] The only instruments dated to the prehistoric Xia dynasty (c. 2070–1600) are two qing, two small bells (one earthenware, one bronze) and a xun.[60] Due to this extreme scarcity of surviving instruments and the general uncertainty surrounding most of the Xia, creating a musical narrative of the period is impractical.[60]

Prehistoric cultures are thought to have had a wide variety of uses for music, with little unification between different societies.[61] Music was likely in particular value when food and other basic needs were scarce.[61] It is also probable that prehistoric cultures viewed music as intrinsically connected with nature, and may have believed its use influenced the natural world directly.[61]

Ancient music

Following the advent of writing, literate civilizations are termed part of the ancient world, a periodization which extends from the first Sumerian literature of Abu Salabikh (now Southern Iraq) of c. 2600 BCE, until the Post-classical era of the 6th century CE.[62][63] Though the music of Ancient societies was extremely diverse, some fundamental concepts arise prominently in virtually all of them, namely monophony, improvisation and the dominance of text in musical settings.[64] Later Ancient societies saw increased trade and transmission of musical ideas and instruments, often shepherded by the Silk Road.[65][66] For example, a tuning key for a qin-zither from 4th–5th centuries BCE China includes considerable Persian iconography.[67]

The oldest surviving music are the Hurrian songs from Ugarit, Syria. Of these, the oldest is the Hymn to Nikkal (hymn no. 6; h. 6), which is somewhat complete and dated to c. 1400 BCE.[68] However, the Seikilos epitaph is the earliest entirely complete noted musical composition. Dated to the 2nd-Century CE or later, it is an epitaph, perhaps for the wife of the unknown Seikilos.[69]

China

Shang and Zhou

They strike the bells, kin, kin,
They play the se-zither, play the qin-zither,
The mouth organ and chime stones sound together;
They sing the Ya and Nan Odes,
And perform flawlessly upon their flutes.

Shijing, Ode 208, Gu Zhong[70]
Trans. John S. Major[71]

By the mid-13th century BCE, the late Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BCE) had developed writing, which mostly exists as divinatory inscriptions on the ritualistic oracle bones but also as bronze inscriptions.[72][73] As many as 11 oracle script characters may refer to music to some extent, some of which could be iconographical representations of instruments themselves.[74] The stone bells qing appears to have been particularly popular with the Shang ruling class,[n 16] and while no surviving flutes have been dated to the Shang,[76] oracle script evidence suggests they used ocarinas (xun), transverse flute (xiao and dizi), douple pipes, the mouthorgan (sheng), and maybe the pan flute (paixiao).[77][n 17] Due to the advent of the bronze in 2000 BCE,[79] the Shang used the material for bells—the ling [zh] (鈴), nao [zh] (鐃) and zhong (鐘)[59]—that can be differentiated in two ways: those with or without a clapper and those struck on the inside or outside.[80] Drums, which are not found from before the Shang,[81] sometimes used bronze, though they were more often wooden (bangu).[82][59][n 18] The aforementioned wind instruments certainly existed by the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BCE), as did the first Chinese string instruments: the guqin (or qin) and se zithers.[59][n 19] The Zhou saw the emergence of major court ensembles and the well known Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (after 433 BCE) contains a variety of complex and decorated instruments.[59] Of the tomb, the by-far most notable instrument is the monumental set of 65 tuned bianzhong bells, which range five octaves requiring at least five players; they are still playable and include rare inscriptions on music.[85]

The monumental Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng, c. 5th century BCE, from Hubei
The monumental Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng, c. 5th century BCE, from Hubei

Ancient Chinese instruments served both practical and ceremonial means. People used them to appeal to supernatural forces for survival needs,[86] while pan flutes may have been used to attract birds while hunting,[87] and drums were common in sacrifices and military ceremonies.[81] Chinese music has always been closely associated with dance, literature and fine arts;[88] many early Chinese thinkers also equated music with proper morality and governance of society.[89][n 20] Throughout the Shang and Zhou music was a symbol of power for the Imperial court,[92] being utilized in religious services as well as the celebration of ancestors and heroes.[86][93] Confucius (c. 551–479) formally designated the music concerned with ritual and ideal morality as the superior yayue (雅樂; "proper music"), in opposition to suyue (俗樂; "vernacular/popular music"),[86][94] which included virtually all non-ceremonial music, but particularly any that was considered excessive or lascivious.[94] During the Warring States Period when of Confucius's lifetime, officials often ignored this distinction, preferring more lively suyue music and using the older yayue traditional solely for political means.[95] Confucius and disciples such as Mencius considered this preference virtueless and saw ill of the leaders' ignorance of ganying,[96] a theory that held music was intrinsically connected to the universe.[97][98][n 21] Thus, many aspects of Ancient Chinese music were aligned with cosmology: the 12 pitch shí-èr-lǜ system corresponded equally with certain weights and measurements; the pentatonic scale with the five wuxing;[98] and the eight tone classification of Chinese instruments of bayin with the eight symbols of bagua.[99] No actual music or texts on the performance practices of Ancient Chinese musicians survive.[100] The Five Classics of the Zhou dynasty include musical commentary; the I Ching and Chunqiu Spring and Autumn Annals make references, while the Liji Book of Rites contains a substantial discussion (see the chapter Yue Ji Record of Music).[38] While the Yue Jing Classic of Music is lost,[79] the Shijing Classic of Poetry contains 160 texts to now lost songs from the Western Zhou period (1045–771).[101]

Qin and Han

Two musicians of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 CE), Shanghai Museum
Two musicians of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 CE), Shanghai Museum

The Qin dynasty (221–206 BCE), established by Qin Shi Huang, lasted for only 15 years, but the purported burning of books resulted in a substantial loss of previous musical literature.[66] The Qin saw the guzheng become a particularly popular instrument; as a more portable and louder zither, it meet the needs of an emerging popular music scene.[102][n 22] During the Han dynasty (202 BCE – 220 CE), there were attempts to reconstruct the music of the Shang and Zhou, as it was now "idealized as perfect".[99][66] A Music Bureau, the Yuefu, was founded or at its height by at least 120 BCE under Emperor Wu of Han,[103][n 23] and was responsible for collecting folksongs. The purpose of this was twofold; it allowed the Imperial Court to properly understand the thoughts of the common people,[88] and it was also an opportunity for the Imperial Court to adapt and manipulate the songs to suit propaganda and political purposes.[99][66][n 24] Employing ceremonial, entertainment-oriented and military musicians, [105] the Bureau also performed at a variety of venues, wrote new music, and set music to commissioned poetry by noted figures such as Sima Xiangru.[106] The Han dynasty had officially adopted Confucianism as the state philosophy,[66] and the ganying theories became a dominant philosophy.[107] In practice, however, many officials ignored or downplayed Confucius's high regard for yayue over suyue music, preferring to engage in the more lively and informal later.[108] By 7 BCE the Bureau employed 829 musicians; that year Emperor Ai either disbanded or downsized the department,[66][106] due to financial limitations,[66] and the Bureau's increasingly prominent suyue music which conflicted with Confucianism.[105] The Han dynasty saw a preponderance of foreign musical influences from the Middle East and Central Asia: the emerging Silk Road led to the exchange of musical instruments,[65] and allowed travelers such as Zhang Qian to relay with new musical genres and techniques.[66] Instruments from said cultural transmission include metal trumpets and instruments similar to the modern oboe and oud lute, the latter which became the pipa.[65] Other preexisting instruments greatly increased in popularity, such as the qing,[87] panpipes,[109] and particularly the qin, which became the most revered instrument, associated with good character and morality.[84]

Greece

Greek written history extends far back into Ancient Greece, and was a major part of ancient Greek theatre. In ancient Greece, mixed-gender choruses performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons.[citation needed] Instruments included the most important wind instrument, the double-reed aulos,[110] as well as the plucked string instrument, the lyre,[111] especially the special kind called a kithara. Music was an important part of education in ancient Greece, and boys were taught music starting at age six.

India

Indian music is one of the oldest musical traditions in the world.[112] The Indus Valley civilization left sculptures which show dance[113] and musical instruments (some no longer in use), like the seven holed flute. Various types of stringed instruments and drums have been recovered from Harrappa and Mohenjo Daro by excavations carried out by Sir Mortimer Wheeler.[114] The Rigveda has elements of present Indian music, with a musical notation to denote the metre and the mode of chanting.[115] Early Indian musical tradition also speaks of three accents and vocal music known as "Samagan" (Sama meaning melody and Gan meaning to sing).[116] The classical music of India includes two major traditions: the southern Carnatic music and the northern Hindustani classical music. India's classical music tradition is millennia-long and remains important to the lives of Indians today as a source of religious inspiration, cultural expression, and entertainment.

Indian classical music (marga) is monophonic and based on a single melody line or raga rhythmically organized through talas. Carnatic music is largely devotional; the majority of the songs are addressed to the Hindu deities. There are a lot of songs emphasizing love and other social issues. In contrast to Carnatic music, Hindustani music was not only influenced by ancient Hindu musical traditions, Vedic philosophy, and native Indian sounds but also by the Persian performance practices of the Afghan Mughals. The origins of Indian classical music can be found in the oldest of scriptures, part of the Hindu tradition, the Vedas. Samaveda, one of the four Vedas describes music at length.

Ravanahatha (ravanhatta, rawanhattha, ravanastron or ravana hasta veena) is a bowed fiddle popular in Western India. It is believed to have originated among the Hela civilization of Sri Lanka in the time of King Ravana. This string instrument has been recognised as one of the oldest string instruments in world history.

Iran/Persia

Earliest music

In general, it is impossible to create a thorough outline of the earliest music in Persia due to a paucity of surviving records.[117] Evidenced by c. 3300–3100 BCE Elam depictions, arched harps are the first affirmation Persian music, though it is probable that they existed well before their artistic depictions.[118] Elamite bull lyres from c. 2450 have been found in Susa, while more than 40 small Oxus trumpets have been found in Margiana and Margiana, dated to the c. 2200–1750 Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex.[119][n 25] The oxus trumpets seem to have had a close association with both religion and animals; a Zoroastrian myth in which Jamshid attract animals with the trumpet suggests that the Elamites used them for hunting.[120] In many ways the earliest known musical cultures of Iran are strongly connected with those of Mesopotamia. Ancient arched harps (c. 3000) also exist in the latter and the scarcity of instruments make it unclear as to which culture the harp originated.[118] Far more bull lyres survive in Ur of Mesopotamia, notably the Bull Headed Lyre of Ur, though they are nearly identical to their contemporary Elamite counterparts.[121] From evidence in terracotta plaques, by the 2nd-century BCE the arched harp was displaced by the angular harps, which existed in 20-string vertical and nine-string horizontal variants.[122] Lutes were purportedly used in Mesopotamia by at least 2300 BCE, but not until c. 1300 BCE do the appear in Iran, where they became the dominant string instruments of Western Iran, though the available evidence suggests its popularity was outside of the elite.[123] The rock reliefs of Kul-e Farah show that sophisticated Persian court ensembles emerged in the 1st-century BCE, in the which the central instrument was the arched harp.[124] The prominence of musicians in these certain rock reliefs suggests they were essential in religious ceremonies.[125]

Achaemenid and Sasanian

c. 379 CE Bas relief of Sassanid women playing the chang in Taq-e Bostan, Iran
c. 379 CE Bas relief of Sassanid women playing the chang in Taq-e Bostan, Iran

Like earlier periods, extremely little contemporary information on the music of the Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BCE) exists.[67][126] Most knowledge on the Achaemenid musical culture comes from Greek historians.[126] In his Histories, Herodotus noted that Achamenid priests did not use aulos music in their ceremonies, while Xenophon reflected on his visit to Persia in the Cyropaedia, mentioning the presence of many female singers at court.[67] Athenaeus also mentions female singers when noting that 329 of them had been taken from the King of Kings Darius III by Macedonian general Parmenion.[67] Later Persian texts assert that poet-musician minstrels were prominent and of considerable status in court.[127]

The Sasanian period (AD 226–651), however, has left ample evidence of music. This influx of Sasanian records suggests a prominent musical culture in the Empire,[42] especially in the areas dominated by Zoroastrianism.[128] Many Sassanian Shahanshahs were ardent supporters of music, including the founder of the empire Ardashir I and Bahram V.[128] Khosrow II (r. 590–628) was the most outstanding patron, his reign being regarded as a golden age of Persian music.[128] Musicians in Khosrow's service include Āzādvar-e Changi,[n 26] Bamshad, the harpist Nagisa (Nakisa), Ramtin, Sarkash and Barbad,[117] who was the most famous.[129] These musicians were usually active as minstrels, which were performers who worked as both court poets and musicians;[130] in the Sassanian Empire there was little distinction between poetry and music.[131]

Post-classical music

Medieval

While musical life was undoubtedly rich in the early Medieval era, as attested by artistic depictions of instruments, writings about music, and other records, the only repertory of music which has survived from before 800 to the present day is the plainsong liturgical music of the Roman Catholic Church, the largest part of which is called Gregorian chant. Pope Gregory I, who gave his name to the musical repertory and may himself have been a composer, is usually claimed to be the originator of the musical portion of the liturgy in its present form, though the sources giving details on his contribution date from more than a hundred years after his death. Many scholars believe that his reputation has been exaggerated by legend. Most of the chant repertory was composed anonymously in the centuries between the time of Gregory and Charlemagne.

During the 9th century several important developments took place. First, there was a major effort by the Church to unify the many chant traditions, and suppress many of them in favor of the Gregorian liturgy. Second, the earliest polyphonic music was sung, a form of parallel singing known as organum. Third, and of greatest significance for music history, notation was reinvented after a lapse of about five hundred years, though it would be several more centuries before a system of pitch and rhythm notation evolved having the precision and flexibility that modern musicians take for granted.

Several schools of polyphony flourished in the period after 1100: the St. Martial school of organum, the music of which was often characterized by a swiftly moving part over a single sustained line; the Notre Dame school of polyphony, which included the composers Léonin and Pérotin, and which produced the first music for more than two parts around 1200; the musical melting-pot of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, a pilgrimage destination and site where musicians from many traditions came together in the late Middle Ages, the music of whom survives in the Codex Calixtinus; and the English school, the music of which survives in the Worcester Fragments and the Old Hall Manuscript. Alongside these schools of sacred music a vibrant tradition of secular song developed, as exemplified in the music of the troubadours, trouvères and Minnesänger. Much of the later secular music of the early Renaissance evolved from the forms, ideas, and the musical aesthetic of the troubadours, courtly poets and itinerant musicians, whose culture was largely exterminated during the Albigensian Crusade in the early 13th century.

Forms of sacred music which developed during the late 13th century included the motet, conductus, discant, and clausulae. One unusual development was the Geisslerlieder, the music of wandering bands of flagellants during two periods: the middle of the 13th century (until they were suppressed by the Church); and the period during and immediately following the Black Death, around 1350, when their activities were vividly recorded and well-documented with notated music. Their music mixed folk song styles with penitential or apocalyptic texts. The 14th century in European music history is dominated by the style of the ars nova, which by convention is grouped with the medieval era in music, even though it had much in common with early Renaissance ideals and aesthetics. Much of the surviving music of the time is secular, and tends to use the formes fixes: the ballade, the virelai, the lai, the rondeau, which correspond to poetic forms of the same names. Most pieces in these forms are for one to three voices, likely with instrumental accompaniment: famous composers include Guillaume de Machaut and Francesco Landini.

Byzantine

Byzantine music (Greek: Βυζαντινή Μουσική) is the music of the Byzantine Empire composed to Greek texts as a ceremonial, festival or church music. Greek and foreign historians agree that the ecclesiastical tones and in general the whole system of Byzantine music is closely related to the ancient Greek system. It remains the oldest genre of extant music, of which the manner of performance and (with increasing accuracy from the 5th century onwards) the names of the composers, and sometimes the particulars of each musical work's circumstances, are known.

Early modern and modern music

Western classical music

Renaissance

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

The beginning of the Renaissance in music is not as clearly marked as the beginning of the Renaissance in the other arts, and unlike in the other arts, it did not begin in Italy, but in northern Europe, specifically in the area currently comprising central and northern France, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The style of the Burgundian composers, as the first generation of the Franco-Flemish school is known, was at first a reaction against the excessive complexity and mannered style of the late 14th century ars subtilior, and contained clear, singable melody and balanced polyphony in all voices. The most famous composers of the Burgundian school in the mid-15th century are Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois, and Antoine Busnois.

By the middle of the 15th century, composers and singers from the Low Countries and adjacent areas began to spread across Europe, especially into Italy, where they were employed by the papal chapel and the aristocratic patrons of the arts (such as the Medici, the Este, and the Sforza families). They carried their style with them: smooth polyphony which could be adapted for sacred or secular use as appropriate. Principal forms of sacred musical composition at the time were the mass, the motet, and the laude; secular forms included the chanson, the frottola, and later the madrigal.

The invention of printing had an immense influence on the dissemination of musical styles, and along with the movement of the Franco-Flemish musicians, contributed to the establishment of the first truly international style in European music since the unification of Gregorian chant under Charlemagne.[citation needed] Composers of the middle generation of the Franco-Flemish school included Johannes Ockeghem, who wrote music in a contrapuntally complex style, with varied texture and an elaborate use of canonical devices; Jacob Obrecht, one of the most famous composers of masses in the last decades of the 15th century; and Josquin des Prez, probably the most famous composer in Europe before Palestrina, and who during the 16th century was renowned as one of the greatest artists in any form. Music in the generation after Josquin explored increasing complexity of counterpoint; possibly the most extreme expression is in the music of Nicolas Gombert, whose contrapuntal complexities influenced early instrumental music, such as the canzona and the ricercar, ultimately culminating in Baroque fugal forms.

By the middle of the 16th century, the international style began to break down, and several highly diverse stylistic trends became evident: a trend towards simplicity in sacred music, as directed by the Counter-Reformation Council of Trent, exemplified in the music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina; a trend towards complexity and chromaticism in the madrigal, which reached its extreme expression in the avant-garde style of the Ferrara School of Luzzaschi and the late century madrigalist Carlo Gesualdo; and the grandiose, sonorous music of the Venetian school, which used the architecture of the Basilica San Marco di Venezia to create antiphonal contrasts. The music of the Venetian school included the development of orchestration, ornamented instrumental parts, and continuo bass parts, all of which occurred within a span of several decades around 1600. Famous composers in Venice included the Gabrielis, Andrea and Giovanni, as well as Claudio Monteverdi, one of the most significant innovators at the end of the era.

Most parts of Europe had active and well-differentiated musical traditions by late in the century. In England, composers such as Thomas Tallis and William Byrd wrote sacred music in a style similar to that written on the continent, while an active group of home-grown madrigalists adapted the Italian form for English tastes: famous composers included Thomas Morley, John Wilbye and Thomas Weelkes. Spain developed instrumental and vocal styles of its own, with Tomás Luis de Victoria writing refined music similar to that of Palestrina, and numerous other composers writing for the new guitar. Germany cultivated polyphonic forms built on the Protestant chorales, which replaced the Roman Catholic Gregorian Chant as a basis for sacred music, and imported the style of the Venetian school (the appearance of which defined the start of the Baroque era there). In addition, German composers wrote enormous amounts of organ music, establishing the basis for the later Baroque organ style which culminated in the work of J.S. Bach. France developed a unique style of musical diction known as musique mesurée, used in secular chansons, with composers such as Guillaume Costeley and Claude Le Jeune prominent in the movement.

One of the most revolutionary movements in the era took place in Florence in the 1570s and 1580s, with the work of the Florentine Camerata, who ironically had a reactionary intent: dissatisfied with what they saw as contemporary musical depravities, their goal was to restore the music of the ancient Greeks. Chief among them were Vincenzo Galilei, the father of the astronomer, and Giulio Caccini. The fruits of their labors was a declamatory melodic singing style known as monody, and a corresponding staged dramatic form: a form known today as opera. The first operas, written around 1600, also define the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque eras.

Music prior to 1600 was modal rather than tonal. Several theoretical developments late in the 16th century, such as the writings on scales on modes by Gioseffo Zarlino and Franchinus Gaffurius, led directly to the development of common practice tonality. The major and minor scales began to predominate over the old church modes, a feature which was at first most obvious at cadential points in compositions, but gradually became pervasive. Music after 1600, beginning with the tonal music of the Baroque era, is often referred to as belonging to the common practice period.

Baroque

Portrait of Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi in Venice, by Bernardo Strozzi, c. 1630
Portrait of Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi in Venice, by Bernardo Strozzi, c. 1630
J.S. Bach
Toccata and Fugue

The Baroque era took place from 1600 to 1750, as the Baroque artistic style flourished across Europe and, during this time, music expanded in its range and complexity. Baroque music began when the first operas (dramatic solo vocal music accompanied by orchestra) were written. During the Baroque era, polyphonic contrapuntal music, in which multiple, simultaneous independent melody lines were used, remained important (counterpoint was important in the vocal music of the Medieval era).[clarification needed] German, Italian, French, Dutch, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, and English Baroque composers wrote for small ensembles including strings, brass, and woodwinds, as well as for choirs and keyboard instruments such as pipe organ, harpsichord, and clavichord. During this period several major music forms were defined that lasted into later periods when they were expanded and evolved further, including the fugue, the invention, the sonata, and the concerto.[132] The late Baroque style was polyphonically complex and richly ornamented. Important composers from the Baroque era include Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, François Couperin, Girolamo Frescobaldi, George Frideric Handel, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Claudio Monteverdi, Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi.

Classical

The music of the Classical period is characterized by homophonic texture, or an obvious melody with accompaniment. These new melodies tended to be almost voice-like and singable, allowing composers to actually replace singers as the focus of the music. Instrumental music therefore quickly replaced opera and other sung forms (such as oratorio) as the favorite of the musical audience and the epitome of great composition. However, opera did not disappear: during the classical period, several composers began producing operas for the general public in their native languages (previous operas were generally in Italian).

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's compositions characterized music of the classical era.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's compositions characterized music of the classical era.

Along with the gradual displacement of the voice in favor of stronger, clearer melodies, counterpoint also typically became a decorative flourish, often used near the end of a work or for a single movement. In its stead, simple patterns, such as arpeggios and, in piano music, Alberti bass (an accompaniment with a repeated pattern typically in the left hand), were used to liven the movement of the piece without creating a confusing additional voice. The now-popular instrumental music was dominated by several well-defined forms: the sonata, the symphony, and the concerto, though none of these were specifically defined or taught at the time as they are now in music theory. All three derive from sonata form, which is both the overlying form of an entire work and the structure of a single movement. Sonata form matured during the Classical era to become the primary form of instrumental compositions throughout the 19th century.

The early Classical period was ushered in by the Mannheim School, which included such composers as Johann Stamitz, Franz Xaver Richter, Carl Stamitz, and Christian Cannabich. It exerted a profound influence on Joseph Haydn and, through him, on all subsequent European music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the central figure of the Classical period, and his phenomenal and varied output in all genres defines our perception of the period. Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert were transitional composers, leading into the Romantic period, with their expansion of existing genres, forms, and even functions of music.

Romantic

In the Romantic period, music became more expressive and emotional, expanding to encompass literature, art, and philosophy. Famous early Romantic composers include Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Bellini, Donizetti, and Berlioz. The late 19th century saw a dramatic expansion in the size of the orchestra, and in the role of concerts as part of urban society. Famous composers from the second half of the century include Johann Strauss II, Brahms, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Wagner. Between 1890 and 1910, a third wave of composers including Grieg, Dvořák, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Puccini, and Sibelius built on the work of middle Romantic composers to create even more complex – and often much longer – musical works. A prominent mark of late 19th century music is its nationalistic fervor, as exemplified by such figures as Dvořák, Sibelius, and Grieg. Other prominent late-century figures include Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Rachmaninoff, Franck, Debussy and Rimsky-Korsakov.

20th and 21st-century music

Music of all kinds also became increasingly portable. The 20th century saw a revolution in music listening as the radio gained popularity worldwide and new media and technologies were developed to record, capture, reproduce and distribute music. Music performances became increasingly visual with the broadcast and recording of performances.[133]

20th-century music brought a new freedom and wide experimentation with new musical styles and forms that challenged the accepted rules of music of earlier periods.[citation needed] The invention of musical amplification and electronic instruments, especially the synthesizer, in the mid-20th century revolutionized classical and popular music, and accelerated the development of new forms of music.[134]

As for classical music, two fundamental schools determined the course of the century: that of Arnold Schoenberg and that of Igor Stravinsky.[135]

Popular music

Popular music is music with wide appeal[136] that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training.[137]

The original application of the term is to music of the 1880s Tin Pan Alley period in the United States.[137] Although popular music sometimes is known as "pop music", the two terms are not interchangeable.[138] Popular music is a generic term for a wide variety of genres of music that appeal to the tastes of a large segment of the population,[139] whereas pop music usually refers to a specific musical genre within popular music.[140] Popular music songs and pieces typically have easily singable melodies. The song structure of popular music commonly involves repetition of sections, with the verse and chorus or refrain repeating throughout the song and the bridge providing a contrasting and transitional section within a piece.[141]

In an essay on popular music's history for Collier's Encyclopedia (1984), Robert Christgau explained, "Some sort of popular music has existed for as long as there has been an urban middle class to consume it. What distinguishes it above all is the aesthetic level it is aimed at. The cultural elite has always endowed music with an exalted if not self-important religious or aesthetic status, while for the rural folk, it has been practical and unselfconscious, an accompaniment to fieldwork or to the festivals that provide periodic escape from toil. But since Rome and Alexandria, professional entertainers have diverted and edified city dwellers with songs, marches, and dances, whose pretensions fell somewhere in between."[142]

Notes

  1. ^ For example, evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin and cognitive scientist Richard William Byrne have opposite perspectives.[5] Lewontin asserts that aiming for clear understanding of human cognition is impossible due to a scarcity of evidence,[6] while Byrne argues that studying the behaviors of modern primates in combination with their biological similarities to humans "has the power to chart the early history of human cognitive evolution".[7]
  2. ^ However, the origin of language has always received far more independent attention than the origin of music.[8]
  3. ^ Such coupling dates back to at least the 18th century of the European Age of Enlightenment, with philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's posthumous 1781 Essay on the Origin of Languages.[10]
  4. ^ The Société de Linguistique de Paris banned discussion on the origin of language in 1866 and similar dismissal surrounded most of the linguist community into the mid-20th century.[11] The editors of the monumental interdisciplinary volume The Origins of Music (2000) note that "musicology did not seem to need an official decree [...] to make the topic of music origins unfashionable among musicologists"[13]
  5. ^ See Morley (2013, pp. 275–306) for a summary of hypotheses on rationales for music in evolution. See works by John D. Barrow and Dan Sperber for rationales that align with Pinker's.[23]
  6. ^ Specifically, the fields of evolutionary musicology, music archaeology, biomusicology, neuromusicology and comparative musicology have all been developed significantly or begun in the mid-late 20th century. Theses disciplines all discuss and study the origins of music to some extent.[24][25]
  7. ^ Other notable early theories include those of Karl Bücher, Johann Gottfried Herder, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Herbert Spencer and Richard Wallaschek [de] and particularly Carl Stumpf.[30]
  8. ^ See Dewoskin (1982, pp. 59–60) for an English translation of the Lüshi Chunqiu account
  9. ^ Though the original Chinese may translate better as two types of psaltery. See note one in Fernald (1926)
  10. ^ In another story the he creation of music is attributed to culture hero Fuxi while various deities are credited with important musical instruments: Fuxi with lute and lyre;[n 9] Nüwa with the sheng; the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi) with the lü pipes;[39] and Emperor Shun with the paixiao and as founder of the Chinese philosophy on music.[40] Though the Yellow Emperor is said to have been particularly influential in encouraging music, Emperor Shun is more renowned in the realm of Chinese music.[39]
  11. ^ Though the term "primitive music" includes extinct preliterate cultures, it also refers to existing uncontacted indigenous peoples.[44] The term is now outdated, though Wallin, Merker & Brown (2000, p. 21) assert that the 20th-century musicologists that used it had "nothing less but respect" for the music in question.[45]
  12. ^ The Haua Fteah cave, Libya; Ilsenhöhle [de], Germany; and Kents Cavern, England each contain an object that has been proposed as a Middle Paleolithic flute, though none have achieved wide scholarly acceptance.[51]
  13. ^ See Morley (2013, pp. 43–45) for a comprehensive table on all eight surviving flutes from the Geissenklösterle, Hohle Fels and Vogelherd caves
  14. ^ These bone flutes (gudi) were made from the red-crowned crane; they are perhaps the earliest instruments from anywhere in the world that remain playable.[59]
  15. ^ The next oldest are various bone whistles in Hemudu, Yuyao, Zhejiang Province from c. 5000 BCE.[58]
  16. ^ As of 1983, Tong (1983a, p. 79) notes that "several dozen Shang qing have been unearthed in [the 20th century]". From what is known, the common people did not use qing during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046); many qing instruments have decorations akin to the bronzeware and jade items of the Shang elite.[75]
  17. ^ The c. 1300–1050 BCE date for paixiao is from pictographic evidence that the oracle script the character for he (attunement) is a pan flute—but is only securely documented in 700 BCE.[78]
  18. ^ From all available evidence, string instruments do not appear to have existed in the Shang dynasty.[71]
  19. ^ The guqin (or qin) may have been of Northern, non-Chinese origin,[83] but it still had a massive impact of future Chinese music.[84]
  20. ^ The monumental Records of the Grand Historian of the Han dynasty denounces the last king of the Shang, King Zhou, declaring that "he loved wine and licentious music... thus he had Shi Zhuan create new and depraved sounds... the 'Fluttering Earthwards' music",[90] while King Wu purportedly used pitch pipes to foresee the outcome in his war against King Zhou.[91]
  21. ^ In a fuller form, the theories of ganying held that the universe was governed by natural, invisible and "resonant" forces, including qi, yin and yang and music, which according to the Yueji Record of Music "represents the attunement of Heaven and Earth."[97][98]
  22. ^ Ancient texts attribute the invention of the guzheng to the Qin as well, but earlier specimens have been found from the 5th-century BCE.[70]
  23. ^ There may have been an incipient form of the Music Bureau (Yuefu) during the Qin dynasty.[104] In general, the chronology of the Music Bureau is unclear and extremely contradictory in ancient records. See Birrell (1993, pp. xviii–xx) for further information
  24. ^ See Birrell (1993, pp. xxi–xxiv) for information on the location and amount of surviving folksongs.
  25. ^ The size of the trumpets is so much smaller than modern trumpets that some scholars suggest they were actually funnels or spouts, but Lawergren maintains that such interpretations are "unlikely considering the precious materials and the extraordinary workmanship".[120]
  26. ^ Āzādvar-e Changi is also known as simply Āzād.[126]

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