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Greek Music: Tracking Down The History Of Music

Date Added: March 30, 2010 03:07:52 AM
Author: kennnedy34
Category: Kids and Teens: Arts
Music is one of those art forms which act as an accurate mirror of social and cultural structures. If the society or the culture of a particular area is degenerating, it will be reflected in the music of that place. Similarly, when the society or the culture is thriving, the music will also flourish. Hence, music has a major persona in the tracking down the history of a country. The music world owes much to the Ancient Greeks. In fact, the term "music" is derived from the nine Ancient Greek muses - goddesses ruling over the arts and sciences. Present-day musicians refer to their muse, which is somebody who impacts on another person's creative work. Different musical terms, such as melody, tune, rhythm and others have their roots in the Greek language. Yet, with the decline of Ancient Greece and the collapse of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, Greek music stopped its development for several centuries until it was renewed in the 19th century. It is said that Greeks considered music a way of worshipping God. Music was also an essential part of their social life. It was played on all kinds of social occasions. Since drama was also popular in Greece, music was used when drama was staged. Greek music is often believed to have lacked harmony. It was generally performed by one singer and not by a chorus as is commonly demonstrated in Greek plays. Ancient musicians strictly followed the laws of music and didn't combine one form with another. The rules were so stringent that the viewers or listeners were not permitted to clap. The aim of musical shows was not to amuse but to teach common people. Pythagoras suggested using numbers to denote musical scales. This concept spread to Ancient Greek Music, and Pythagoras became known as the father of music theory. Most musical works are reported to be monophonic. Thus, they were similar to each other. But when musicians started experimenting, some experts like Plato considered it sacrilege of the purest form of music. Nowadays Greek music is made up of folk music and Eastern and Western influences.
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