The History of Music

  • Period: 476 to Dec 31, 1450

    Medieval Music

    The use of music was very popular in the Medieval Time Period during celebrations. Music was also played at parties and weddings. Instruments during this period are recorders, horns, trumpets, whistles, drums, and bells. Music was very important in the Middle Ages because it helped lift spirits in the dark days.
  • Jan 1, 1257

    The Shepherd's Pipe

    The Shepherd's Pipe
    The Shepherd's Pipe was created in 1257 AD in France. It is a bagpipe like instrument very popular in Europe. The other Shephers' Pipe looked like a flute. It was created around the same time as the Bagpipe like one!
  • Nov 10, 1397

    The Harpsicord

    The Harpsicord
    The harpsichord was an important keyboard instrument in Europe from the 15th through the 18th centuries, and as revived in the 20th, is still played today! No one knows who created the harpsicord, but the earliest ones date back to 1397!
  • Period: Jan 1, 1450 to

    Renaissance Music

    In the Renaissance Period, music was a very important part of religious, country, and public life. Many new instruments were invented during this period, such as the Lute and Regal. At the beginning of this period, music was made mainly for the church, but as the period progressed it became useful everywhere.
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    Baroque Music

    Improvisation was created during this period. A major improvement of this period was the addition of keyboard instruments such as the harpsichord and pipe organ. A movement to return to the dramatic and musical forms of ancient Greece led to the beginnings of opera. Composers of the Baroque included Antonio Vivaldi, and Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • The Piano Is Created

    The Piano Is Created
    Piano Picture Link
    The piano originally came from the harpsicord and was created by Prince Ferdinand de Medici in Florence.
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    Classical Music

    The piano replaced the harpsichord as the main keyboard instrument, and has remained that way. Woodwinds, such as flutes, oboes, and clarinets became a full section of the orchestra. Music became broader, with greater variations between the sections. Symphonies and operas began to become more popular and longer in time. Some of the most popular composers of this time period were Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • The Saxophone

    The Saxophone
    Saxophone PictureThe saxophone is known as a reed musical instrument that is a staple in jazz bands. It was created by Adolphe Sax who was a clarinet and flute player!
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    Romantic Music

    A major event in the Romantic period was the development of schools for teaching music. Composers of this period brought more emotion to the music, and diversity through differences of style in one performance. Some composers of this period were Frederic Chopin, and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky.
  • Jazz is Created

    Jazz is Created
    Jazz PictureJazz music was invinted in the 1880s in the city of New Orleans! It was created by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton and used for Mardi Gras celebrations in the south!
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    Impressionistic Music

    This was a very small period. It mainly contained French composers who were trying to change their music from the German style that had become known during symphonies. Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel are the most popular for this period.
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    Jazz Music

    Jazz is a type of music that was created at the beginning of the 20th century in African American areas of the Southern United States. New Orleans, Louisiana is said to be the birthplace of Jazz and in 1917 the Original Dixieland Jazz Band was the first to record jazz music. Famous jazz musicians include, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
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    Contemporary Music

    Contemporary music can be understood as belonging to the period that started in the mid-1970s with the idea of modernism. The major advances in technology during the late 20th century are responsible for many of the birth of a wide variety of musical forms. Electronics played an important role in the development of music, both classical and popular, from the 1960s up to present day. Popular musicians from this period are John Cage and Benjamin Britten.
  • Period: to 476

    Ancient Music

    Ancient music is the earliest know time period of music and this music came from ancient Greece. Ancient music lasted until the time the Roman Empire fell in approximately 476.
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    Modern and Neoclassical Music

    Both of these refer to music written in the 20th and 21st centuries. Modern tends to stray away from the “Classical” music of earlier times. Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss are said to have created the modern genre of music. Neoclassical (meaning “new classical”) stays more to the styles already created, such as the ones that date back to the 18th century music. Rock and roll was constructed during this period. Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland fall into this category.