Evolution of music

Timeline created by Byron Ramirez
In Music
  • 50,000 BCE

    Music in prehistory

    Music in prehistory
    For primitive man, there were two signs that evidenced the separation between life and death: movement and sound. The rites of life and death are developed in this double key. In the so-called prehistoric art, dance, and song merge as symbols of life, while stillness and silence conform to symbols of death. Primitive man found music in nature and in his own voice. He also learned to create sound with rudimentary objects such as: bones, reeds, trunks, shells, etc.
  • 5,000 BCE

    Ancient world

    Ancient world
    Since music is something inherent to the human being, as anthropology has proven, it was also that produced in previous periods, which were not historical, despite the fact that for some periods there will be written testimonies and for others only the remains of the material culture linked to music (the musical instruments themselves).
  • 476

    Middle Ages

    Middle Ages
    The origins of medieval music are confused with the latest developments in music from the late Roman period. The evolution of the musical forms attached to the cult was resolved at the end of the 6th century in the so-called Gregorian chant.
  • 1460


    Flanders musicians were soon distinguished by a sublime counterpoint technique, and quasi-divine inspiration. In a short time, this was reflected in a greater influence by flamenco musicians in all or almost all musical centers in Europe. Where there was polyphony you could find a flamenco musician. Featured countries such as, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and England.
  • Classical music (Baroque)

    Classical music (Baroque)
    Baroque music is the musical period that dominates Europe throughout the 17th century and the first half of the following, being replaced by classicism around 1750-1760. It is considered that he was born in Italy and reached its maximum splendor in Germany during the late Baroque. It is one of the richest, most fertile, creative, and revolutionary periods in the history of music. It is divided in three eras: The Early Baroque, Middle Baroque, and Late Baroque.
  • Classicism

    It is the style characterized by the transition of baroque music towards a balanced music between structure and melody. It occupies the second half of the 18th century. Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven are three of their most prominent representatives.
  • Romanticism

    Romanticism is a cultural movement that originated in Germany and the United Kingdom in the late eighteenth century as a revolutionary reaction against the Enlightenment and Neoclassicism, giving priority to feelings. It is considered the first movement of culture that covered the complete map of Europe. In most areas it was at its peak in the approximate period of 1800 to 1850.
  • Impressionism

    Musical Impressionism is a musical movement that emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries especially in French music, with the need for composers to try new combinations of instruments to achieve greater timbral richness. In Musical Impressionism much importance is given to timbres, with which different effects are achieved. It is also characterized in that the times are not linear but are executed in succession of impressions.
  • Modern and contemporary music

    Modern and contemporary music
    two great events
    The first is the abandonment of tonality and the total breakdown of the forms and techniques that had been carried out since the beginning of the Baroque era after 1910, in accordance with the other total breaks in the other branches of the arts.
    The second great phenomenon is the emergence and spread of a type of music that developed in cities during the previous century in contact with the two great branches into which music was divided up to that time.