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Evolution of Music

A journey of music through the years

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Evolution of Music From rock music to hip hop to classical, music is a complex concept that uses simple ideas of expression. In the process of writing, music often portrays the feelings of the composer whether they mean to do so or not. The beginning of music is unknown for sure. It is believed that music began in Africa. Music became more popular during the Medieval period and the Renaissance.
Most of the first music was religious. For different cultures there were different styles of music. In Europe classical music became very popular. Because the music was religious it was joyful. Most Early classical music was joyful even if it was not religious. Music was a relatively new idea around and before the Renaissance. This resulted in many new ideas. The sound of music varied for many years. In fact this note
combination was
considered cursed.
Listen to it.
This is one of the
most basic
note groups in music. In the 1700's the most popular music in Europe was classical. Mozart is probably a name you know. He was a very famous composer at that time. Mozart used several new ideas including the use of a chorus in one of his pieces. However I wont go too far into depth with Mozart's music. In the early 1800's, classical music became more diverse. During this time people started to question the rules of composing. The music was starting to portray the emotions of the composers rather than just following what was normal. This resulted in “imperfections” that really defined the composers as themselves. This also opened up more opportunities to try out new things. One composer decided to try these notes together.
They don't make a pretty sound,
but they do add tension to a
dramatic song. It may seem
obvious today that these notes
sound bad, but during that
time it was a modern experiment. The 1800's was a great turning point for music. The late 1800's and early 1900's introduced some new genres branching off of classical and some other older genres. These new genres included jazz, country, and blues. These genres often had a more unique beat than classical. Jazz was especially influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. This was a cultural change in the early 1900's. This also greatly influenced the popularity of African American music. After people discovered how great it was, it became really popular. In the 1950's rock and roll and pop music became popular. These songs are usually upbeat though some rock songs are slow. The 50's was a time of creation. The upbeat sound of this music seem to represent the exciting and fast paced creation of new technology. The 1960's was an important time for music. In the later 60's people started questioning authority. This led to very open and personal songs. The early 70's were also like this. People would write about how there should be no laws or why we should have world peace. These songs often had a happy tune trying to make people feel better and escape from the war. The 1980's changed music forever. The 80's was a time of invention like the 50's. The outcome on music from this was the genre disco. This genre added a party element to music. During this period of invention the electric piano was invented. This was the coolest instrument during the time. Everyone wanted to use the electronic piano. This instrument is still popular in music, just in different ways. George loves you!!!!! But he don't like Gracie Poo!!! :'( In the 1990's music evolved into a hard rock kind of sound. Writers would express their view point of life. In this period people would complain about life. The hard rock expressed this perfectly, satisfying audiences with the angry sound of the drums and guitar. This doesn't surprise me because this was coming out of the 80's. During that time not only was there fast innovation, but there was greed. Musicians expressed their dislike for this in the next decade The 2000's was a scary time for many businesses as well as an exciting time for many people. This excitement was expressed through electronic sounds. This was also when the genre rap became more popular. Even though it was not the most popular, country music became more mainstream. Today there is still rap and electronic music but musicians are beginning to mix genres of music. Many newer songs include instruments that are played differently than normal. This results in electric classical instruments. Classical music isn't as popular today as it was in earlier years. However it still plays a major role in our culture. Of course I say this because of movie scores. A movie would not be the same without the dramatic sound of orchestral music. Imagine a sad movie scene without the background music. It wouldn't be as full. Some composers use complicated rules of musical theory while others just write what they feel. Music was always meant to be. Music will never go away. No matter what happens the people want music. Music in the future will always be changing. I personally think that genres will mix together more. I also think that music will advance with technology. However, like a good song, music is unpredictable.
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