Music has been the soul touching element for the human heart for centuries. But while tracing the history of music we need to go back to as early as Stone Age. Music was prevalent in various ancient countries of China, India and Mesopotamia. It was likely that some Babylon musical theory influenced the Greek and from them it was transformed to the Europeans. In the Greek tradition, various kinds of instrument were used starting from harps to lyres, and they also included the drums and cymbals.
The likes of Plato and Aristotle argued regarding the fact that music should be a part of education since it brings discipline in mind. Though Plato echoed for a limited type of music because he believed lawlessness in art leads t o anarchy. As per Aristotle music could be used for education and enjoyment as well. For the Romans, it was a natural part to celebrate in public ceremonies. The Church also played an important role in the development of music in Europe. Some of the Christian observation were inspired from Jewish traditions which used how the chanting of scriptures and signing of poems. There was a huge similarity with the Jewish melodies and singing psalms of Christians. For the medieval Christians music was servant of religion. The Byzantine chants of hymens were more prominent in the Eastern Church than the western one. European churches drew on Greek musical theory thus elevating by means singing while worshiping. They want to take this music beyond entertainment.
Brief History of Western Music
Musician in Paris developed an ornate style of poly phony in the twelfth century the creators of the style was associated with the New Cathedral of Paris. In the first time under the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dam musicians created a repertory of unprecedented grandeur and complexity. The new repertory primarily composed the notation rather than improvising and including the first body of music for two different independent voices. Such elaborate voices created artistry and stunning size and beautiful decoration of itself. By 1000, virtually all melodies were composed in single line verse. By 1300, it created a polyphony started to take shape. The polyphony was a major turning point of western music. Composers introduced two forms of polyphony notations that became fundamental for western music in the later part. Vertical placements of notations to multiple parts became a tradition, and it was prevalent in most of the contemporary western music also.
The developments continued during the renaissance period. Josqin de Prez, one of the leading composers of Renaissance Europe, was one of the great composers of that time. But despite such great composition polyphony outlived the people of that generation. But the variation in styles came in use with the upcoming generation of musicians started to create new notes. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven gave people new kinds of sound to play with. The medieval period gave the solid base to the new era western music. It created a new age for the western music for the future generations to come.
How music developed culture
Popular music has been a prevalent part of the life of Europeans. The large concert halls, musical panoramic auditoriums, are been build to give the people of Europe a great taste of music. The country music has gained popularity with the changing times, and it is identifying itself with the original music of the western country. Music has been a part of the culture for several years now in Europe. The country music organized through the festivals is developing a new kind of sensation among the people of Europe.
The symphony concerto, opera have usurped great influence on the culture of Europe. Culturally bound people prefer good music. People tend to prefer music their own cultural tradition. Familiarity with music and culture goes in hand to hand with each other. It is seen that good music develops the culture of a person in many ways. European people listen to both opera and latest form of jazz music thus embracing both form of music and in due course accepting both forms of culture at that same time. Bimusicalism is the phenomenon where people are well versed with cultural sensitivity to both genres of music. The music is also promoting the culture of Europe.
In Romanian culture, current music players are giving the diversification to their music thus creating a new form of culture among the people. Through new forms of music, musicians are creating new forms of audiences and thus promoting cultural harmony among them. It is possible when musicians and artist gets the opportunity to perform at an international level. A wave of cross culture develops from that. An increased number of people are listing to the diversification, and thus influence of European Music on English Culture has been predominant in several ways.
On the other side, this influence is making the English culture rich.