The History of Music and the Variety of Uses

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As Plato said “Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.” Music has a very complex history and it is used in a variety of ways. Music is used for entertainment and also in the medical field. Music has become an important part of the world since its birth, and it has various uses around the world. Music became an important part of the world since its birth. Many people believe that music came about in The Renaissance, but in fact music history shows that music has been in this world since 500 B.C., music came when Pythagoras experimented with the acoustics and how math related to the tones that formed when he plucked strings (THE HISTORY MUSIC). The rise of music came about after the Roman Empire collapsed in the 5th century, afterwards Western Europe entered a period known as The Dark Ages, these years were marked with constant warfare (Sherrane, Robert). After various centuries, the new Christian Church took control over this part of Europe and wanted to take control over the Eastern part of Europe as well. During this time Pope Gregory I is believed that he collected and codified the music to what is known as Gregorian Chant, which was the approved music for the Church. A chant is a cappella song that at that time was singed by monks. Later, on France started to noticed what was happening and wanted to be part of it, they saw the music called organum, this is the idea of singing two melodic lines simultaneously at similar intervals. By the time this came around music was sounding throughout all of Europe. During these Middle Ages the first great name of music appeared, Guillaume de Machaut (Sherrane, Robert). At the en... ... middle of paper ... ...used in a variety of ways, such as the medical field in the specific area of music therapy. It is also has a very complex history that shows various eras such as the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque Age, the Classical Period, the Romantic Era, and the Twentieth Century. Music has become an important part of the world since its birth and not just for entertainment, but in various uses around the world. Works Cited "American Music Therapy Association." History of Music Therapy. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. "History of Music." ThinkQuest. Oracle Foundation, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2014. "La Música, Medicina Para El Corazón." EL MUNDO. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. "Links to Composers of the Classical Period." THE HISTORY OF MUSIC. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2014. Sherrane, Robert. "Music History 102." Music History 102. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.

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