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|posted: 7/14/2005 at 7:30:27 AM ET|
HOW DID MUSIC START?
HOW DID IT BEGAN?
WHO STARTED IT?
WHAT WAS THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT?
|posted: 7/14/2005 at 9:01:43 AM ET|
The first three are questions that one could only guess at. I believe that music has always been around since the beginning of creation. It's part of who we are and how God made us. As far as when music notations and the like became standardized, I'm not really a historian, so I can't answer that, but I'm sure that there are at least a few threads here that discuss it; and you could always google "music history" to search for more.
The last question has an obvious answer that most people would miss. The voice was the first musical instrument. It always cracks me up (read, annoys me) when people do not recognize the vocalists as musicians.
Since I'm sure you weren't looking for "voice" as the first instrument, I'll tell you that I don't know what the second musical instrument was. Again, google might be a good place to start. My guess would be something in the percussion family, since those are the simplest (not "simplest to play", I only mean simplest in their nature and construction). Somebody banging two rocks together could be considered a musician, as long as they were keeping a beat.
|posted: 7/14/2005 at 1:21:18 PM ET|
A special message to Horn Supremacy
My mother would have given you a big hug - she was a contralto and a Juilliard Scholarship student and in every way a musician. It's something I'd never thought about - so thanks so much.
North Coast NSW, Australia
|posted: 7/14/2005 at 6:54:05 PM ET|
""My guess would be something in the percussion family"" has to be right, I think.
Traditional Aboriginal music in Australia, which is one subject I teach, consists of clapping, clicking two sticks together, and stamping feet with the occasional use of shakers made from seed pods, and a digerido, which is really just a hollow tree branch.
As Australian Aborigines were absolute stone-age people only two hundred years ago, this gives us a unique example of the beginnings of human music-making.
Music in this context is used not really for entertainment, but to tranfer knowledge from one generation to the next because the written word is not available to do so.
Take me to your Lieder...
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