Musical Development Through The Ages

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Musical Development through the Ages

Music has been utilized for much longer than many have thought. Research has found musical instruments dating all the way back to the Paleolithic era (ca. 50.000 to 10.000 BC). Although anything performed at this time was lost to time. Upon the creation of writing methods were devised for the recording of musical pieces. The Greek civilization invented all of the major instruments families, including strings, flutes, reeds, brass, and drums.(1) Greeks philosophers interpreted music as a reflection of harmony of the universe and related it the health and behavior of people. The contribution to music by the Greeks was paramount. They included fundamental concepts such as notes, intervals, consonance / dissonance.
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1400-1600) brought the revival of classical culture. (Greco-Roman Culture). They adopted principles such as simplicity, balance, order and clarity. During this time composers rose to more complex polyphonic sounds. While preferring melodies and harmonies with simplicity.
During the Baroque period the orchestra emerged. Instrumental and vocal music had an equal basis. Originally serving as an accompaniment to the opera. The orchestra was the combination of woodwinds, trumpets, horns and timpani. In addition, during this time the voice genres of opera, fusion of music and theater, and chorales such as the oratorio and mass emerged. In the classical era the main instruments were the violin and piano. The most important composers of this era were Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his most prominent work being Requiem Mass; and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Next, the Romantic period (ca. 1820-1900), composers divided into 3 groups: full, conservative, and regional. The full group pursued Romantic Freedom, such as Hector Berloiz’s three program symphonies and Fran Liszt remembered for his piano works; the conservative Romantics retained a degree of classicism, composers were Franz Schubert and Felix Mandelson known for orchestral works. The regional Romantics, infused Western art music with folk music. (3). The romantics divided opera into narratives and
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I like this artwork because its melody expresses strength and rhythmic energy. The song’s basic melody is a contrast between soft and loud. The rhythm has four movements: first Allegro con brio (rather quick with spirit) second Andante con moto (moderately slow with motion) third Scherzo Allegro (joking, rather quick) and forth Allegro (rather quick).(4) The orchestra consists of the string section, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets and timpani, piccolo, trombones and contrabassoon. This song was performed for first time in the Theater a der Wien, in Vienna. The reason that Beethoven wrote this is as equally impressive as the beauty it demonstrates. He had begun going deaf, but he thought that people had perfect hearing inspiring him to go ahead and write all the songs that were in his head despite his condition. Basically Beethoven alternated the movements and melodies of the song which make it even more interesting. Its rhythm is captivating and in my opinion the song gets better and better through the

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