Western Art Music : A Constant State Of Flux Since Its Creation

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Western art music has been in a constant state of flux since its creation. Evolving due to generations constantly contributing and evolving music in order to express what they believe music is and express how they feel. This love and dedication towards music has been unparalleled and unwavering for hundreds of years from sacred medieval music to modern day pop hits.

Western Art music began taking the shape that we know today after the fall of Rome with Medieval music. Almost all music from that time was commissioned by the church (Secular music) and were required to be written down in order to share with other members of the congregation. All music at this time was monophonic (containing only one melody line) in droning style which is usually referred to as plainsong or a gregorian chant. These original basic forms of music have been crucial in the development of the following periods.

The next commonly classified musical period is the Renaissance Period. This period brought about great change within music. Mostly due to the fact that melody became polyphonic (more than one melody line). Towards the end of the renaissance period composers began to move away from the modal system and instead organised their notes into major and minor scales this form of organisation lead to the existence of ‘keys’. Which are still heavily relied upon today in order to give a piece a consistent sound and feel.

Following the renaissance period was the baroque period, this was when…

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