Music Through the Ages of Humanity

When humans first began to communicate about 50,000 years ago, some used pictures, some tapped on trees or bones, and other produced sounds. Those sounds became universal in all tribal groups and evolved into communication and music which became a fundamental component of humanity.

The earliest tribes communicated by sounds, which eventually had a rhythm to it that evolved into tunes and melodies and enhanced communication. It was greatly influenced by everything in the village from emotions to social status, from the weather to the celebration of a successful hunt for food. People began to remember the songs and sing them again and again to their children; some songs which have no recorded origins have been passed down through the ages.

It’s thought that prehistoric music began long before humans became literate, their history, travels, and stories being taught to their children through the ages via song. Put a beat to the worlds and it’s much more easily remembered. Music evolved throughout the ages and became known as indigenous, folk, or traditional melodies. It’s much more related to sounds that occur in nature as well as rhythms of patterns and tone, as well as repetition. In fact, many believe that the first instrument was actually the human voice when they began clicking, humming, or even whistling, which eventually led to singing.

As these patterns and tones were passed through the ages, during the Biblical times, it is said that Jubal was actually the first person to invent a musical instrument, and music was rich throughout Hebrew history. From the story of Moses parting the Red Sea to the Songs of Solomon and the Psalms of David, music has been an important aspect of the Abrahamic faiths.

From there, leading into the medieval times, music compositions, instruments, and songs flourished and even led to be a mainstay of the early Roman Catholic Church with their Gregorian chants and liturgies. Stories of historical events and military feats are composed into songs and portrayed in numerous plays and stories throughout the ages.

From this time on, music became far more diverse in that it encompassed a far broader geographic region and by the 1500s and the Renaissance, musicians became more and more prevalent throughout Europe and the Oriental music of the times had a great impact on the composers. The invention of printing presses had an enormous influence on the musicians and composers because now the music could be copied and dispersed in a much quicker fashion to the far reaches of the globe. Classical composers such as Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven became even more in demand than ever and their music of the time is still popular 400 years later.

Music from around the globe has become a mainstay of human existence. People listen to music as they travel to work and back home. Just as many people are awakened to music as there are those who cannot fall asleep without the notes bouncing off the walls. Music through the ages continues to lift spirits, bring about emotions, calm frustrations, and it continues to tell the stories of humanity.

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