The Language Of Music
“When words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen
Have you ever been lulled to sleep by a soothing melody, danced the night away by upbeat tunes, or cried your heart out over a heartbreaking lyric? This is the power music holds over people. No matter who you are and where you come from, it is well understood that music lives
by being our universal language. It offers a shared experience to the mind and soul that when mere words couldn’t express enough, music is able to communicate. Music drives listeners to feel, recall, and connect when listening through music streaming apps, CD or vinyl records, or a live band.
Brief History of Music
Music dates back to prehistoric times as our ancestors used music to imitate nature’s sounds through their voices and instruments, such as bone flutes archeologists have discovered dating from the stone Age. Visual records of music have also been discovered where the pictures paint how letters and syllables produce their tone and the existence of various instruments. Music is already seen as a medium for communicating with the gods, nature, and people. Moving through time, the Medieval period used music mainly for religious and secular reasons.
Renaissance and Baroque periods explored a more expressive and communicative sense of music. The Classical and Romantic periods heightened with complexity and elegance of sound.
At the start of the 17th century, the Classical period blessed listeners with the rise of Opera music, a sophisticated form of singing and theatre. Continuing to the late 19th century introduces the complex soulful music called Jazz and Blues that truly set a standard for the music released in the years to follow. Now, in the present time, our existing music has explored different techniques, sounds, and genres that cater to diverse listeners with different preferences.
Looking at the history of music, it can be understood that music has existed and has existed throughout the beginning of time. And since then, music has been utilized as a language to express and respond to their environment and circumstances.