Music And Prehistoric Music

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Music has been a part of humanity for so long. It was used as a tool for entertainment and self-expression and still is today. From great musicians such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach to Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, and Kurt Cobain, and currently Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Kendrick Lamar, we can say that music continues to evolve and develop over time while retaining its distinction between each era. But let’s go further back—to the very start. Prehistoric music has started in illiterate cultures, beginning somewhere in geological history. Some suggest that the origin of music likely traces back to naturally occurring sounds and rhythms. Even today, some cultures have certain parts of their music intending to imitate natural sounds. Ancient music is what followed the prehistoric era at the advent of writing. This was the era where musical instruments were first used. This was also the era where they used music theory by playing melodies based from scales. This was the era where the "oldest known song" was written and was in cuneiform, dating to 3400 years ago from Ugarit. It was demonstrated to be composed in harmonies of thirds and was also written using a scale called the Pythagorean tuning, of the diatonic scale. Medieval music was an era of Western music, including liturgical music used for the church, and secular music, non-religious music. This includes solely vocal music, such as Gregorian chant sung by monks during Catholic Mass and choral music—music for a group
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