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A history of modern music

Parent categories: music - history

Related: music hall

Tar-ra-ra-boom-der-ay (1891) - Henry J. Sayers
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Music history is the study of how music has evolved over time. It is somewhat related to the fields of musicology and ethnomusicology. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_history [Oct 2004]

see also modern


The origin of music are lost deep in prehistoric times. Probably the earliest forms of music were songs, possibly accented by the clapping of hands. Most likely the first instruments were percussion instruments, maybe a hollow trunk, stones hit together, or other things that are useful to create rhythm, but not always melody. Thirty-thousand-year-old bone flutes have been found in archeological sites; the design seems to be similar to that of the recorder. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_history [Oct 2004]

New tonality [...]

While many regard the works of Schoenberg post 1911 as "atonal", see atonality, one influential school of thought, to which Schoenberg himself belonged, argued that chromatic composition lead to a "new tonality", this view is argued by George Perle in his works on "post diatonic tonality". The central idea of this theory is that music is always perceived as having a center, and even in a fully chromatic work, composers establish and disintegrate centers in a manner analogous to traditional harmony. This view is highly controversial, and remains a topic of intense debate. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonality#History_of_the_Term [Oct 2004]

Early music [...]

Tin Pan Alley [...]

Music industry [...]

In the 19th century the music industry was dominated by sheet music publishers. The group of music publishers and songwriters which dominated popular music in the United States was known as Tin Pan Alley. In the early 20th century the phonograph industry grew greatly in importance, and the record industry eventually replaced the sheet music publishers as the industry's largest force.--http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_industry [Jul 2004]

Recorded Music [...]

Sometime in the middle 20th century, listening to music through a recorded form, such as sound recording or watching a music video became more common than experiencing live performance. Sometimes, live performances incorporate prerecorded sounds; for example, a DJ uses records for scratching.

Musicology [...]

Musicology is the academic study of music. Musicologists may study quite a wide range of subjects. Some, for instance, may specialise in English Tudor church music, others in the history of musical notation and others in the development of the flute. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musicology [Jun 2004]

Modern Music [...]

If modern music may be said to have a definite beginning, then it started [!] with this flute melody, the opening of the Prélude à "L'après-midi d'un faune" (1894) by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). -- Paul Griffiths

Music Halls [...]

Music Hall is a type of British theatre which flourished from the 1890s to the Second World War, when other forms of popular music evolved [jazz and ragtime] and it began to be replaced by films as the most popular form of entertainment.

British Music Hall was similar to American vaudeville, featuring rousing songs and standard jokes, while in the United Kingdom the term vaudeville referred to more lowbrow entertainment that would have been termed burlesque in the United States. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_Hall

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